For those of you who are dealing with updating your IRS e-Services password/passphrase, be aware that the IRS has posted a warning on the e-Services login page about various emails that are circulating which ask you to update your e-Services information. The links that are provided in these emails appear to access e-Services, but are actually a phishing scam designed to capture your e-Services credentials.
If you receive such an email do not click on the links provided. To safely update your credentials you should navigate directly to the IRS website and follow its instructions. As a reminder, you can reach the e-Services site by navigating to www.irs.gov, clicking on the “for Tax Pros” tab in the upper right, then clicking the “Access e-Services” button on the left, and finally clicking on the “Login or Register” button on the left.
Keep in mind that passwords/passphrases must be updated every 180 days. Otherwise they will expire and the account will be disabled, possibly forcing you to repeat the registration process to regain access to your e-Services.