Last week, the IRS sent two notices/alerts about criminals sending out fake IRS tax bills related to the Affordable Care Act to defraud taxpayers. Below is an excerpt:
This scam may arrive by email, as an attachment, or by mail. It has many signs of being a fake:
- The CP2000 notices appear to be issued from an Austin, Texas, address;
- The letter says the issue is related to the Affordable Care Act and requests information regarding 2014 coverage;
- The payment voucher lists the letter number as 105C;
- Requests checks made out to I.R.S. and sent to the “Austin Processing Center” at a post office box.
An authentic CP2000 notice is used when income reported from third-party sources such as an employer does not match the income reported on the tax return. Unlike the fake, it provides extensive instructions to taxpayers about what to do if they agree or disagree that additional tax is owed. A real notice requests that checks be made out to “United States Treasury.”
For more information, please see the two links below.
Beware of Fake IRS Tax Bill Notices:https://www.irs.gov/uac/beware-of-fake-irs-tax-bill-notices
IRS and Security Summit Partners Warn of Fake Tax Bills:https://www.irs.gov/uac/irs-and-security-summit-partners-warn-of-fake-tax-bill-emails