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IRS Warns: Affordable Care Act-Related Tax Emails Are Fake

  • 18 October 2016
  • Author: Alexander Carr
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IRS Warns: Affordable Care Act-Related Tax Emails Are Fake

IRS-related scams are now entering a new territory: Obamacare. In late September, the IRS issued an alert to taxpayers and tax professionals to be on guard against fake emails purporting to contain an IRS tax bill related to the Affordable Care Act.

The scam involves the IRS’s CP2000 notices, which are normally sent by mail to alert taxpayers that their tax return information doesn’t match IRS records. The fraudulent emails are marked as IRS CP2000 notices and 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.

According to the IRS, there are several red flags that can alert taxpayers that the CP2000 they have received is fraudulent.

  • These notices are being sent electronically (by email). 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.

If you receive an unsolicited email related to an Affordable Care Act payment that resembles what was described above, the IRS recommends forwarding the email to phishing@irs.gov and then deleting it from your email account.

The IRS reports a 400 percent surge in phishing and malware incidents during the 2016 tax season. Many of these incidents involve emails seeking information related to refunds or filing status, confirming personal information, ordering transcripts and verifying PIN information.

To avoid falling victim to these scams, it’s important to stay aware of the latest issues reported by the IRS (you can do that by visiting this webpage) or by asking your CPA or tax preparer about suspicious emails, letters, calls or even texts or social media messages you receive that claim to be from the IRS.

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