IRS Alerts Taxpayers of Fake Tax Notice Emails

The IRS has issued an alert warning taxpayers about the latest tax scam involving fake CP 2000 notices. The fraudulent CP 2000 notices are typically attached to an email, attempting to bill taxpayers for unpaid taxes related to the Affordable Care Act.

The CP 2000 can be a legitimate notice that the IRS mails to taxpayers through the U.S. Postal Service, but the IRS will never send as part of an email to taxpayers. Taxpayers should be suspicious of any notices sent electronically claiming to be from the IRS.

How do you detect a fraudulent notice?

The IRS has determined the following indicators:

  • 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 Affordable Care Act (ACA) requesting information regarding 2014 coverage
  • The payment voucher lists the letter number as 105C
  • The notice asks taxpayers to mail a check made out to “I.R.S.” to an “Austin Processing Center” at a P.O. Box address, or pay via a “payment” link

Taxpayers who receive this scam email should forward it to phishing@irs.gov and then delete it from their email account. If you have received a notice, and are unsure if it is from the IRS, please contact your Anders advisor.