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Fraudulent CP2000 Notices

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Ensuring the safety of our clients’ finances and personal information is extremely important to all of us here at Robert Loe & Associates. As such, we want to make sure that you are updated and aware of issues that may possibly compromise that security.

This year, there have been many attempts by fraudulent entities to make contact with individuals under the guise of an IRS agent. Currently, we would like to make you aware of another scheme that has started to appear. Many taxpayers have reported receiving emails from the IRS regarding their taxes. Do not open any emails that appear to be as such.

Please remember, the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, phone or through social media platforms.

The IRS has a documented history of reports from around the country of scammers sending a fraudulent IRS CP2000 notice for tax years. The notice appears to claim a discrepancy between income reported by an employer and the taxpayer’s income tax return. In addition to soliciting money, these emails may potentially be used to infect victims’ computers with malware. Please do not reply to the email, open any attachments or click any links. Should this happen, any personal information on the infected device will be compromised. Currently, the scam is being investigated by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

The CP2000 is a notice commonly mailed to taxpayers through the United States Postal Service. These fraudulent notices are being sent electronically.

How to spot a fake.

The CP2000 is a notice commonly mailed to taxpayers through the United States Postal Service. It is never sent as part of an email to taxpayers. The indicators are:

  • These notices are being sent electronically, even though the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or through social media platforms;
  • The CP2000 notices appear to be issued from an Austin, Texas, address;
  • The underreported issue is related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requesting information regarding coverage;
  • The payment voucher lists the letter number as 105C.

The fraudulent CP2000 notice 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.

Taxpayers and tax professionals who receive this scam email should forward it to phishing@irs.gov and then immediately delete it from their email account. If you receive a CP2000 in the mail and doubt the legitimacy of its content, we advise you to call the IRS at 1-800-366-4484 to confirm the legitimacy of the matter.

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