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IRS alerts taxpayers on fake tax bills email

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued an alert to US taxpayers and tax professionals to be on guard against fake emails purporting to contain a tax bill from the agency related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The IRS has received numerous reports around the country of scammers sending a fraudulent version of CP2000 notices for the 2015 tax year. Generally, the scam involves an email that includes the fake CP2000 as an attachment.


A CP2000 is generated by the IRS Automated Under reporter Program when income reported from third-party sources such as an employer does not match the income reported on a tax return. It provides extensive instructions to taxpayers about what to do if they agree or disagree that additional tax is owed. It also requests that a check be made out to “United States Treasury” if the taxpayer agrees additional tax is owed.


The IRS confirmed that the indicators that a CP2000 is false are that these notices are being sent electronically, even though the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or through social media platforms; the CP 2000 notices appear to be issued from an Austin, Texas, address; the underreported issue is related to the ACA requesting information regarding 2014 coverage; and the payment voucher lists the letter number as 105C. The fraudulent CP2000 notices have also included a payment request that taxpayers mail a check made out to “I.R.S.” to the “Austin Processing Center” at a Post Office Box address. This is in addition to a “payment” link within the email itself.