The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and its Security Summit partners have issued an alert after the IRS received several reports of a new tax scam involving fraudulent CP2000 notices. Tax professionals and taxpayers are receiving fake notices for tax year 2015, billing them for unpaid taxes related to the Affordable Care Act. The fraudulent notices are typically attached to an email.
Although the CP2000 can be a legitimate notice taxpayers receive from the IRS through the U.S. Postal Service, the IRS cautions that they will never send it as an attachment to an email. The IRS does not use email or social media to inititiate contact with taxpayers.
Other tips for spotting a fake notice:
- The fraudulent CP2000 notices appear to be issued from an Austin, Texas address and request information regarding 2014 coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The payment voucher lists the letter number as 105C.
- The notice includes a payment requesting taxpayers mail a check made out to “I.R.S.” to an “Austin Processing Center” at a P.O. box address. There is also a “payment” link within the email.
Taxpayers who receive a notice or letter can view explanations and images of common correspondence on IRS.gov at Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter. Taxpayers who receive this scam email should forward it to email@example.com and then delete it from their email account.
Have you received a CP2000 notice and are unsure if it is from the IRS?
Contact your Brown Smith Wallace tax advisor, or: