Oct 01, 2016
We recently learned that scammers have established an IRS-like P.O. Box, and are sending out false CP2000 letters requesting payment to the I.R.S. at that fake P.O. Box.
A real CP2000 is the letter used by the Under-reporter program (AUR) of the IRS to propose a tax liability from unreported income found in the AUR matching program. These letters are routinely sent out now as a result of electronic submission of W-2 and 1099 forms. Quite often, there is a legitimate reason for the difference between what the IRS is reporting, versus the amounts reported on your income tax return. However, if the taxpayer agrees to the proposed liability, the taxpayer can agree and pay the proposed liability.
Kristy Maitre, with CALTX, has provided an example of one such scam letter. She has made notations highlighting the clues to knowing it is a scam. Click here.
To stay up-to-date on known scams, the IRS has a website you can go to: https://www.irs.gov/uac/tax-scams-consumer-alerts
As always, be wary of communications from persons saying they are from the IRS. The first form of communication is always a letter. Unfortunately, even the letter now has to be carefully reviewed to determine whether it is legitimate or not. Forward all correspondence from the IRS to your accountant before responding.