IRS Scam Alert
The Dental Group, LLC—a WSDA preferred accounting and tax firm—shared the following important information with the Association regarding an IRS tax scam that could affect our membership.
The IRS has 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.
Form CP2000 is used when income reported by third parties, such as an employer, does not match income reported on a taxpayer's return. Scammers are sending a fraudulent version of CP2000 notices for tax year 2015 via email.
The IRS notes the following characteristics of the scam notices:
- An email that includes the fake CP2000 as an attachment
- The notice appears to be issued from an Austin, Texas address
- The under-reported issue is related to the Affordable Care Act
- The payment voucher lists the letter number as 105C
- The notice includes a payment request that taxpayers mail a check made out to "I.R.S." to the "Austin Processing Center" at a Post Office Box address
Taxpayers who receive this scam email should forward a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org immediately and then delete it from their email account.
If you do receive such a message, know that it is NOT the IRS, and do not open any attachment or link. Also, and most importantly, if you receive a threat by telephone that someone may come to your house to arrest you, it is highly recommended to report such a call to your local police as soon as possible.
Remember, the IRS will never contact taxpayers via email or any social media platform. When you receive notices mailed through the United States Postal Service, please have a professional review them before you respond.