“The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners issued an alert to taxpayers and tax professionals to be on guard against fake emails purporting to contain an IRS tax bill related to the Affordable Care Act.”
For those of you who have ever received a notice from the IRS, you may notice that the notices bear ID numbers in the top right corner of the notice. The scam du jour aims to trick the taxpayer into thinking the notice is legit by using CP2000 as the ID number, which is, in fact, an actual notice ID number.
How to spot the fake?
First, it comes via email with the notice as the attachment – red flag right there. The IRS sends communication via the mail.
Second, it directs you to send money to the “IRS” and not “US Treasury” and uses an address in Austin, TX. The payment voucher lists the letter number as 105C.
Third, it specifically relates to the Affordable Health Care Act; this is clever on their part since the taxes relating to health care are confusing and overwhelming to so many and the threat of penalties when misreporting tax subsidies received from The Marketplace is real.
To determine if a CP2000 notice you received in the mail is real, contact your tax professional or contact the IRS to confirm the status of your taxes.
If you receive this notice via email, report it to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration here.
Taxpayers or tax professionals who receive this scam email should forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org and then delete it from their email account.
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