Scam Alert! Fake IRS Bills Say You Owe Even More

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As if it’s not hard enough already to keep what you pay to the IRS at the legal minimum, the scammers keep coming up with additional ways to make you think you owe them even more! The latest one involves fake emails that say they are from the IRS and have a fake “CP2000 notice” attached. For those that don’t know, CP2000 notices are often generated and sent to taxpayers by the IRS when there is a mismatch between a payer (like an employer or a bank) and a payee taxpayer.

There are many clues to look for that indicates them as fake. First, your CPA and YOU always do a good job in preparation (CPA) and in supplying all the information (YOU) for your returns so there are never any errors, right? Well, most of the time anyway. So the IRS must certainly be wrong in sending one of these to you (fingers crossed). That’s the first clue. Next clue is that the IRS simply does not email out CP2000 notices. They send them snail mail. Some other clues to look for in this particular scam are:

  • The fake CP2000 notices appear to be issued from an Austin, Texas address;
  • The underreporting issue is said to be related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • The payment voucher lists the letter number as 105C
  • The notice requests a check be made out to “I.R.S.” to the “Austin Processing Center” at a P.O. Box address; and
  • There is also a “payment” link within the email itself.

If you get an email like this, do not respond, do not open the attachment, and if you’re so inclined, let the IRS know about it by forwarding it to phishing@irs.gov.

By Dale F. Jensen, CPA