Scam Watch

The Internal Revenue Service or better known as the IRS recently sent a scam alert notifying people of scams that are currently sweeping the country. You may be aware of the scams people were doing via phone calls, well they took it to a whole new level. The IRS will not call you, they will send you a letter notifying you of possible penalties or money owed to the government. The citizens of the United States were made aware of this once the phone call scams started popping up. The scammers being as conniving as they are took that extra step and started sending out letters as well. I know what you are thinking, how am I supposed to know what's a real letter and what's not. Here are some helpful tips for you to keep a look out for.

How to tell if the Letter is Fake:

1.) The CP2000 notices appear to be issues from an Austin, Texas, Address;

2.) The letter says the issue is related to the Affordable Care Act and requests information regarding 2004 coverage;

3.) The payment voucher lists the letter number as 105C;

4.) Requests checks made out to I.R.S. and sent to the "Austin Processing Center" at a post office box.

Here is an excerpt from the email sent to us from the Internal Revenue Service, "An authentic CP2000 notice is used when income reported from third-party sources such as an employer does not match the income reported on the tax return. Unlike the fake, it provides extensive instructions to taxpayers about what to do if the agree or disagree the additional tax is owed. A real notice requests that checks be made out to United States Treasury." Hopefully this helps all of you out there who had questions or were concerned about the scams.

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