On September 22, 2016 the IRS issued and alert to taxpayers and tax professionals to be on guard against fake emails referring to an IRS tax bill related to the Affordable Care Act.
The IRS has received numerous reports of scammers across the country sending a fraudulent version of CP2000 notice for tax year 2015. This scam involves an email that includes the fake CP2000 as an attachment.
The CP2000 is a notice mailed to taxpyers through the United States Postal Service. It is never sent via email to taxpayers!
Here are some indicators to look for:
- The notices are being sent electronically, even though the IRS does not initiate contact via email or other social media platforms
- The CP2000 notices appear to be issued from an Austin, TX address
- The underreported issue is related to the Affordable Care Act requesting information regarding 2014 coverage
- The payment voucher lists the letter number as 105C
The fraudulent CP2000 notice includes a payment request that the taxpayer mail a check made out to “I.R.S.” addressed to the “Austin Processing Center” at a post office box address. This is in addition to a “payment link” within the email itself.
Taxpayers as well as Tax proffesionals who receive this email should forward to firstname.lastname@example.org and then delete it from their email account as a precautionary measure.
Please remember that the IRS does not email you or call you!!!!
Feel free to contact the Wamhoff Accounting team with any questions you may have about this most recent scam.