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Zaher Fallahi, CPA, Tax Attorney; Beware of Fake IRS Tax Bill Notices

posted Oct 1, 2016, 9:21 PM by Zaher Fallahi

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and its Security Summit partners are warning taxpayers and tax professionals of fake and fraudulent IRS tax bills related to the Affordable Care Act. The IRS has received numerous reports of scammers sending a fraudulent version of a 2015 notice- labeled CP2000. The issue has been reported to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration for investigation (TIGTA).

 

This scam may arrive by email, as an attachment, or by mail. It has many signs of being a fake:

 

1-The CP2000 notices appear to be issued from an Austin, Texas, address;

2-The letter says the issue is related to the Affordable Care Act and requests 2014 coverage information

3-The payment voucher lists the letter number as 105C;

4- Requests checks made out to I.R.S. and sent to the “Austin Processing Center” at a post office box.

 

IRS impersonation scams take many forms: threatening phone calls, phishing emails and demanding letters. Learn more at Reporting Phishing and Online Scams. The IRS does not initiate unsolicited email contact or contact by social media. An authentic CP2000 notice is used when income reported from third-party sources such as an employer does not match the income reported on the tax return. Unlike the fake, the real CP2000 provides extensive instructions to taxpayers about what to do if they agree or disagree with the additional tax is owed. A real notice requests that checks be made out to “United States Treasury.”

 

The IRS and its Security Summit partners – the state tax agencies and the private-sector tax industry – are conducting a campaign to raise public awareness among taxpayer and tax professionals about increasing their security and becoming familiar with different tax-related scams. Learn more at Taxes. Security. Together. or Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself.

 

Zaher Fallahi, CPA, Tax Attorney, advises taxpayers with their IRS representation, disclosing undeclared foreign bank accounts; Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), Report of Foreign Bank & Financial Accounts (FBAR), Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Telephones:  (310) 719-1040 (Los Angeles), ( 714) 546-4272 (Orange County) or e-mail taxattorney@zfcpa.com

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