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IRS Warns of Email Scam Containing Fraudulent CP2000 Notices

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The IRS is alerting taxpayers and tax professionals to be on guard against an email scam claiming to contain an IRS tax bill related to the Affordable Care Act for the 2015 tax year. In a recent news release, the IRS describes an email scam involving fraudulent CP2000 notices that requests checks be sent to the “I.R.S.” to the “Austin Processing Center” at a Post Office Box address.

The IRS never sends CP2000 notices as part of any email to taxpayers, and a real notice is sent through the United State Postal Service.

The IRS lists the following as indicators that you have received a fraudulent email:

  • Receiving a notice electronically – the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or through social media platforms
  • The emailed CP2000 notice appears to be issued from an Austin, Texas, address
  • The underreported issue is related to the Affordable Care Act requesting information regarding 2014 coverage
  • The payment voucher lists the letter number as 105C

If you receive this scam email, you should forward it to phishing@irs.gov and then delete it from your email account.

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