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Tax Scam Warning!

Friday January 2020

The deadline for the Self Assessment Tax Return, 31 January, is fast approaching, which also means that the number of HMRC related scams tends to surge at this time of year.

HMRC states it received 900,000 reports of attempted fraud in the 2018/2019 tax year, a staggering figure given that most people don’t bother to report them.

Beware of an email or letter including links to a tax refund or payment claim. These emails appear convincing because they often include an HMRC logo that looks very realistic! Beware of phone calls too! HMRC will sometimes phone, but only after issuing a series of demands, so if the phone call is out of the blue, alarm bells should ring! Also note that HMRC will never request information via texts.

You can read about the latest scams on HMRC’s Website.

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