The IRS has issued a fraud alert, IR-2016-123, warning taxpayers to watch out for fake emails alleging to contain an IRS tax bill related to the Affordable Care Act just a few days before the October 15th tax filing deadline.
The IRS received numerous reports from across the country of scammers sending a fraudulent version of CP2000 notices for the tax year 2015 as an email attachment. The CP2000 is a notice commonly mailed to taxpayers through the U.S. Postal Service. It is never sent as part of an email.
Below are four indications that you have received a fake CP2000 notice:
- The notices are being sent electronically, even though the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or through social media platforms.
- The CP2000 notices appear to be issued from an Austin, Texas address.
- The underreported issue is related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requesting information regarding 2014 coverage.
- The payment voucher lists the letter number as 105C.
According to the alert, the fraudulent CP2000 notices include 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.
The IRS urges taxpayers and tax professionals who receive this scam email to forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org and then delete it from their account.
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