The IRS is warning tax payers and preparers to watch out for a scam involving fake tax bills related to the Affordable Care Act.
The agency has logged numerous reports about scammers nationwide sending a fraudulent version of CP2000 notices for tax year 2015 via email.
The CP2000 notice is commonly mailed to taxpayers through the U.S. Postal Service and is never sent via email. The IRS does not initiate unsolicited email contact or contact by social media.
The issue has been reported to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration for investigation.
Signs that the notice is a fake include that they appear to be issued from Austin, Texas; it claims to be related to the ACA and asks for information about 2014 coverage; the payment voucher lists the letter number as 105C; and it requests that checks made out to the I.R.S. and sent to the “Austin Processing Center” at a post office box.
Authentic CP2000 notices are used when income reported from third-party sources such as an employer doesn't match the income reported on the tax return.
Related: NC IRS Help