Health care scam alert | News | The Press and Standard

by | October 26, 2016 5:00 pm

Last Updated: October 26, 2016 at 9:36 am

The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners are warning taxpayers and tax professionals of fake IRS tax bills related to the Affordable Care Act.

The IRS has received numerous reports of scammers sending a fraudulent version of a notice — labeled CP2000 — for tax year 2015.

“Anybody with marketplace health insurance can call us if they’re worried. It doesn’t cost anything for people to call or meet with an enrollment assister. We’re not tax professionals, but we can help consumers figure out if an e-mail or letter is a scam or not,” says Shelli Quenga, Palmetto Project’s Director of Programs.

This scam may arrive by email, as an attachment, or 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 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 they agree or disagree that additional tax is owed. A real notice requests that checks be made out to “United States Treasury.” The IRS does not initiate unsolicited email contact or contact by social media.

IRS impersonation scams take many forms: threatening phone calls, phishing emails and demanding letters. Learn more at Reporting Phishing and Online Scams (https://www.irs.gov/uac/report-phishing.) Taxpayers and tax professionals can learn more about increasing their security and becoming familiar with various tax-related scams at Taxes. Security. Together. (https://www.irs.gov/individuals/taxes-security-together) or Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself (https://www.irs.gov/individuals/protect-your-clients-protect-yourself.)

Any South Carolinian who wants to meet with an in-person enrollment assister can schedule a free appointment. South Carolinians can call signupSC toll-free at 1-888-998-4646 or visit www.palmettoproject.org

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