Letter From the IRS? Maybe a New Scam
Have you recently received a letter from the IRS claiming you owe money? If so, it could be yet another scam. The Internal Revenue Service warned consumers that a new scheme has developed which tells the recipient they owe money because of the Affordable Care Act. Scammers are often trying to con taxpayers into handing over their hard-earned dollars. The newest attempt at defrauding consumers appears to be a legitimate letter from the IRS.
How the Newest Scam Works
The Federal Trade Commission released a statement warning consumers about the letter scam. According to the FTC, the IRS letters look extremely official and are almost identical to the real IRS CP2000 notices. These forms are the ones which are sent out when a person’s tax return does not match income. The letter states that the taxpayer owes money from the previous year from the Affordable Care Act. The number of tax scams tends to pick up as the end of the year approaches.
Other IRS Schemes to Look Out For
Back in February, Western Union sent out a warning. A new nationwide IRS impersonation scam had been occurring which involved callers who claimed to work for the IRS. The con artists even had a fake caller ID to help back up the scam, along with an IRS badge number and a fake name. The impersonators told victims they owed money to the IRS. Then they would request payment in the form of a prepaid debit card or money transfer. If the person failed to cooperate, the scammer would get aggressive. Threats would be made that their driver’s licenses or passports could be suspended.
What to do if you Receive a Letter From the IRS
Should you get something in the mail from the IRS, don’t panic. Review the information in the letter. If you think you might actually owe, contact the IRS directly at (800) 829-1040. The information in the letter will let you know exactly why they are contacting you and what you need to do to respond. Do not ignore it! Check out our past blog post on what to do if you receive a letter from the IRS. Our clients can always contact us to discuss any correspondence from the IRS. If you are unsure about the validity of a letter you receive claiming to be from the IRS, contact them directly.