The IRS issued an alert yesterday warning taxpayers about a new scam involving emails sent to taxpayers with a fraudulent form attached requesting payment of a non-existent tax liability.
Fake Tax Bill Emails: What you need to know
- Scammers are sending a fraudulent version of CP2000 notices for tax year 2015.
- The scam involves an email that includes the fake CP2000 as an attachment.
- Generally, CP2000 notices are used by the IRS to inform taxpayers of income or deductions on their returns that don’t match source documents received by the IRS from third parties. These notices are always mailed and are NEVER sent by email.
- The notice indicates that the underreporting is related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requesting information regarding 2014 insurance coverage.
- The notice indicates that checks should be made payable to the “I.R.S.” at the “Austin Processing Center”. Checks for tax payments are normally made payable to the United States Treasury. The IRS does have an Austin Service Center.
What should you do?
- DON’T click on the link!
- Forward the email and attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org and then delete it from your email account.
What other IRS related scams should you be aware of?
- Another significant scam currently involves phone calls to your home from someone pretending to be from the IRS informing you that the Service is about to file suit against you – sometimes the scammer says that they are about to come arrest you – and demanding payment, usually by gift card (sometimes even by iTunes card!). With this scam, keep in mind the IRS doesn’t call first; tax-related issues are ALWAYS originated first by mail. In addition, the IRS does NOT accept gift cards as payment.
If you have any questions about communications from the IRS, or purportedly from the IRS, please contact your Friedman LLP professional.