The IRS has received numerous reports of scammers sending a fraudulent version of a notice (labeled CP2000) for tax year 2015. The issue has been reported to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration for investigation.
Generally, this scam may arrive by email as an attachment, but could also be received by mail. It has many signs of being a fake:
• 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;
• Requests checks made out to I.R.S. and sent to the “Austin Processing Center” at a post office box.
An authentic CP2000 notice/letter is commonly mailed to taxpayers through the United States Postal Service. It is never sent as part of an email to taxpayers. Unlike the fake, the authentic notice provides extensive instructions to taxpayers about what to do if they agree or disagree that additional tax is owed. A real notice requests that checks be made out to “United States Treasury.”
If you receive this or any other suspicious contact from someone claiming to be from the IRS, please do not do anything before contacting our office.