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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Taxpayers warned about fake tax bill emails

By Wolters Kluwer Editorial Staff

The IRS has alerted taxpayers and tax professionals about emails containing fake tax bills related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111-148). The IRS has received numerous reports around the country of scammers sending emails with fraudulent CP2000 notices.

A CP2000 is generated by the Service’s Automated Underreporter Program when income reported from third-party sources, such as an employer, does not match the income reported on the tax return. A CP2000, the Service emphasized, is never sent as email. The fake emails contain a payment link as well as 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.

The IRS instructed taxpayers and tax professionals who receive this scam email to delete it. Taxpayers should never open any email or click on a link within an email sent by sources they do not know.

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