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IRS Warns of a New Tax Bill Scam

The latest IRS imposter scam is designed to make victims feel responsible, as it involves a fake RS tax notice that claims you owe money as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

The IRS says the fake notices are designed to look like real IRS CP2000 notices, which the agency sends if information it receives about your income doesn’t match the information reported on your tax return. The IRS says many people have gotten the bogus notices, which usually claim you owe money for the previous tax year under the Affordable Care Act.

It’s one of many IRS imposter scams that have popped up. As tax season nears, there will be more. The good news is that there are red-flags that you can identify to help you avoid becoming a victim. For example, the IRS will never:

  • Initiate contact with you via email or social media.
  • As you to pay using a gift card, pre-paid debit card, or wire transfer.
  • Request personal or financial information by email, texts, or social media.
  • Threaten to immediately have you arrested or deported for not paying.

In the new scam, the fake CP2000 often arrive as an attachment to an email – a red flag – or by U.S. mail. Other signs include:

  • There may be a “payment” link contained within the email. Scam emails can link you to sites that steal your information, take your money, or infect your computer. Never click on links unless you know it is from a legitimate source.
  • The notices request that a check be made out to “I.R.S.” Real CP2000s ask taxpayers to make their checks out to “United States Treasury” if they agree they owe taxes.