IRS warns of a new tax bill scam

We certainly understand if the latest IRS imposter scam makes you queasy: it involves a fake IRS tax notice that claims you owe money as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

The IRS says the fake notices are designed to look like real IRS CP2000 notices, which the agency sends if information it receives about your income doesn’t match the information reported on your tax return. The IRS says many people have gotten the bogus notices, which usually claim you owe money for the previous tax year under the Affordable Care Act.

It’s one of many IRS imposter scams that have popped up. As tax season nears, we’ll see more. The good news? There are red-flag warnings that can help you avoid becoming a victim. For example, the IRS will never:

  • Initiate contact with you by email or through social media.
  • Ask you to pay using a gift card, pre-paid debit card, or wire transfer.
  • Request personal or financial information by email, texts, or social media.
  • Threaten to immediately have you arrested or deported for not paying.

In the new scam, the fake CP2000 notices often arrive as an attachment to an email — a red-flag — or by U.S. mail. Other telltale signs of this fraud:

  • There may be a “payment” link within the email. Scam emails can link you to sites that steal your personal information, take your money, or infect your computer with malware. Don’t click on the link.
  • The notices request that a check be made out to “I.R.S.” Real CP2000s ask taxpayers to make their checks out to “United States Treasury” if they agree they owe taxes.

In the version we saw, a payment voucher refers to letter number LTR0105C, and requests that checks be sent to the “Austin Processing Center” in Texas. But scammers are crafty. They could send messages with a variety of return addresses.

You can see an image of a real CP2000 notice on the IRS web page, Understanding Your CP2000 Notice. If you get a scam IRS notice, forward it to phishing@irs.gov and then delete it from your email account. Let the FTC know too.

Blog Topics: 
Money & Credit

Comments

WOW!

Holy Cow

So why don't you make it a priority to bust these scammers? I am always amazed how the IRS jails people for not paying taxes but seemingly lets these foreign based scams go on for years! It is an insult to tax payers.

Yes I agree ! Eager to jail us that have to pay legal taxes but nothing happens to the scammers.

A few years ago the IRS came after me for a mistake they made. The IRS sent me a refund saying that I did not claim my IRA, two yearslater they said I improperly claimed the IRA (the same one they said I should claim) forced me to pay the money back plus penalty and interest. The biggest IRS scam is the actual IRS!!!

The IRS has no jurisdiction on fraud cases only tax cases. The FBI or your local law has Jurisdiction.

Contacted by number 844-747-0851 did not answer number was one that I did not recognize. I did a reverse phone look up and this has been reported for IRSScam.

My husband and I have been contacted a lot by the "this is Don Jones from the IRS. This message is to let you know that you are behind in your tax payment. If you do not pay immediately there will be an arrest warrant sent out on you, and you will be arrested" I knew about this prior to hearing from those people so knew they were scammers and told them so. They continued to call, I do not answer the phone if I do not recognize the number and there is no name of company., person etc. on my caller ID. I do not answer my front door if when I ask who is there I do not get an answer, my recording on my phone states that if you are calling from a blocked number with no name on my caller ID, We will not answer the phone. Front door says no solicitors. That is all we can do to protect ourselves from scammers who come to the door and those who use the phone. We cannot be too careful now days. It is insane.

I have done exactly the things you are doing, my phone recording says the same, and the solicitors still comed to my door even thought I have a "no solicitors' sign...it is a real invasion of my privacy and no way to stop these creeps!!

You NEED to register your phone number(s) on FTC's website for DNC (do not call). It takes about 30 days, but, my solicitous calls have dropped. I had the same "robo" caller using 3 slightly varied phone numbers- trying to get me to buy roofing material.
Plus, you should contact your phone carrier (AT&T does this) to register your number on their DNC (do not call) registry. Your carrier may tell you to do it for yourself, but, you can make them walk you thru it. Hope this helps!

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