The IRS is warning people about a tax scam related to the Affordable Care Act.
Who Is It Targeting: Citizens Across the Country
What Is It: Scammers are sending fraudulent notices by email indicating that the filer underreported income related to their coverage in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act. The scam includes a fake attachment of a CP2000 notice (CP2000 notices inform a tax filer that the IRS has received information from a third party that doesn’t match what is reported on the filer’s tax return) along with instructions to make a check to the “I.R.S.” and send it to the “Austin Processing Center” at a P.O. Box. There is also a payment link within the email.
What Are They After: Money
How Can You Avoid It:
- The IRS does not solicit individuals by phone, email or through social media
- Verify your CP2000 notice by visiting the IRS’s “Understanding Your CP2000 Notice page:” https://www.irs.gov/individuals/understanding-your-cp2000-notice
- Report this scam to the IRS by forwarding it to firstname.lastname@example.org and then delete it
- Always remain alert and never give personal information through e-mail or over the phone when you didn’t initiate the call
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For full details of this scam check out this article from CNN.