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Newest Tax Scam Seeks Tax Payments Under Affordable Care Act

The confusion around taxpayers’ reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act is being exploited by IRS impersonators. Fake emails purporting to contain an IRS tax bill for “underreporting” related to the Affordable Care Act have been sent out to victims as a “CP2000 Notice.” The email requests information regarding 2014 health coverage and demands a tax payment. While CP2000 Notices are a legitimate type of IRS document, the IRS never sends them by email. Authentic CP2000 Notices are sent to taxpayers to inform them that the IRS has received information from a third party, such as a W-2 or Form 1099, that does not match the information reported on the tax return and that the taxpayer may owe more money.

Email is not the only concern. Some of these fraudulent notices have been sent by regular mail. Here are the signs the IRS has identified as indicating that these notices are fraudulent:

  •  The CP2000 notices appear to be issued from an Austin, Texas address;
  • The letter says the issue is related to the Affordable Care Act and requests information regarding 2014 coverage;
  • The payment voucher lists the letter number as 105C;
  • The letter requests that checks be made out to I.R.S. and sent to the “Austin Processing Center” at a post office box.
  • There is a payment link in the email.

If you receive a suspicious notice or any notice that appears to come from the IRS, do not respond. Instead, contact your tax professional at Frazier & Deeter who can review the document for authenticity and contact the IRS on your behalf, if necessary. You also can report the alleged fraud to the IRS through its Reporting Phishing and Online Scams portal.

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