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IRS Warns On New Scam Involving Fake Tax Bills & Affordable Care Act

Genny Cordell

Genny Cordell

IRS scammers are at it again, and are now targeting your email’s inbox.
WSJ‘s Laura Saunders explains and has tips for those who receive fake IRS messages.

The IRS Doesn’t Initiate Taxpayer Contact by Email 
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and its Security Summit partners issued an alert to taxpayers to be on guard against fake email purporting to contain an IRS tax bill related to the Affordable Care Act.

The IRS says that is has received numerous reports of the scam which involves an email with an attachment.  The email attachment is typically a fake CP2000 notice for the tax year 2015.  That’s your first red flag: a real CP2000 notice is mailed to taxpayers through the U.S. Postal Service.  It is never sent as part of an email to taxpayers.

Here are a few other things to look for:

  • The fake CP2000 notices appear to be issued from an Austin, Texas address.
  • The underreported issue is related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requesting information regarding 2014 coverage.
  • The payment voucher lists the letter number as 105c.
  • The fake CP2000 notice includes a payment request that taxpayers mail a check made out to “I.R.S.” to the “Austin Processing Center” at a Post Office Box address.
  • The check request is in addition to a “payment” link within the email itself.
  • If you receive this scam email, do not respond and do not open the attachment.  Forward the email to phishing@irs.gov and then delete it. This issue has been reported to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration for investigation.

Remember that the IRS has confirmed they will not:

  • Call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you several bills.
  • Call or email you to verify your identity by asking for personal and/or financial information.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone or email.

New scams are popping up every day. Don’t fall for the tricks! Keep your personal information safe by remaining alert. If you get an inkling of “IRS” tax fraud, don’t hesitate to call us.

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