We take it seriously when notices are posted, letting the community know about potential financial threats. Therefore, buckle up for some exciting IRS news!
The latest IRS scam going on these days is another round of phony emails or letters. Our clients need to be on the lookout for fake IRS bills that may appear in emails as attachments or by mail, claiming they have something to do with the Affordable Care Act.
Reports to the IRS state that fraudulent notices have been labeled CP2000 for the tax year of 2015. Real, authentic IRS notices with the CP2000 number are only used when income reported from a third-party (an employer) does not match the income reported on your tax return. The real ones come with extensive instructions of what taxpayers need to do if they agree or disagree that more tax is owed. Further, real notices request checks are made out to United States Treasury, not IRS.
Further, these are signs that will indicate if someone is trying to scam you:
- You receive a notice via email or social media – the IRS never contacts people through these methods
- 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 about 2014 coverage
- The payment voucher lists the letter number as 105C
- Requests checks made out to I.R.S. and sent to Austin Processing Center at the post office
If any of our clients have received any notifications such as these, please disregard them as scams. If you’re not sure whether you have received a scam notice or not, feel free to give us a call or drop by and we’ll help you out.
Remember it’s always a good idea to keep IRS notices with the rest of your tax documents and feel free to contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration for Investigation if you think you’ve been scammed. For more information about scams, taxes, and how to protect yourself, visit the IRS website at irs.gov.