WARNING: NEW, SOPHISTICATED IRS SCAM

Please take a minute to read about the following new and sophisticated scam the IRS is alerting the American public to:
Scammers are sending phony IRS CP2000 forms to taxpayers, and to further confuse the potential victim, the letter accompanying the form indicates that the form relates to the “Affordable Care Act”.  Form CP2000 is generated by the IRS when income reported from third-party sources, such as an employer, does not match the income reported on the tax payer’s return. It provides extensive instructions to taxpayers about what to do if they agree or disagree that additional tax is owed. It also requests that a check be made out to “United States Treasury” if the taxpayer agrees additional tax is owed. Or, if taxpayers are unable to pay, it provides instructions for payment options such as installment payments.

According to the IRS the notices that are being mailed and emailed to unsuspecting taxpayers are excellent replicas of the notices that the IRS uses: they could easily fool anybody.  Here are some indicators that the document you received is a fake:

  • It was sent electronically. 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 requesting information regarding 2014 coverage
  • The payment voucher lists the letter number as 105C
  • The fraudulent CP2000 notices included 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. This is in addition to a “payment” link within the email itself.

Taxpayers who receive a scam email should forward it to phishing@irs.gov and then delete it from their email account. In addition, if you have any questions about a notice you’ve received from the IRS, you can always contact them directly using the phone number listed on their website.