PhishingThe Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners are warning taxpayers of fake IRS tax bills related to the Affordable Care Act.

The IRS has received numerous reports of scammers sending a fraudulent version of a notice- labeled CP2000 – for tax year 2015. The issue has been reported to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration for investigation.

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.

IRS impersonation scams take many forms: threatening phone calls, phishing emails and demanding letters. Learn more at Reporting Phishing and Online Scams. The IRS does not initiate unsolicited email contact or contact by social media.

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.”

As a reminder to all of our clients, the IRS does not initiate emails requesting personal or financial identity verification through email. If you suspect you may have received a call or email fraudulently posing as the IRS, report it directly to the IRS by sending it to Taxpayers can read more on these phishing scams and how to go about reporting and protecting yourself here.

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