Be Wary of Fraudulent CP2000 IRS Notices
The IRS is warning taxpayers and practitioners that a new scam uses fraudulent CP2000s to solicit money from taxpayers. The fraudulent forms look convincing, and show balances due that are small enough that taxpayers just might pay rather than arguing the point.
However, upon closer inspection, these forms have telltale signs of fraud:
- The instructions direct the taxpayer to make out a check to “I.R.S.” rather than to “United States Treasury;”
- The return address is “Austin Processing Center, P.O. Box 15264, Austin, TX 78761-5264,” which does not match the address listed on the IRS website for the Austin Processing Center.
Please contact us if any unexpected balance due arrives from the IRS, so that the correspondence can be verified.
National Tax Security Awareness Week
The IRS and its Security Summit partners have organized “National Tax Security Awareness Week” that will run from December 5 to December 9, 2016. The IRS, states and the tax community will share information throughout the week to educate taxpayers on steps they can take to protect themselves during the upcoming tax filing season.
The IRS and its partners will be promoting a range of topics related to identity theft, computer security and tax scams such as:
- Always use computer security software with firewall and anti-virus protections. Use strong passwords.
- Learn to recognize and avoid phishing emails, threatening phone calls and texts from thieves. Don’t click on links or download attachments from unknown or suspicious emails.
- Protect your personal data such as your social security number, credit card numbers and tax records.
- IRS “Taxes. Security. Together” Awareness Campaign
- IRS Security Awareness Tax Tips
- IRS and Security Summit Partners Warn of Fake Tax Bills
- Beware of Fake IRS Tax Bill Notices