HMRC warns taxpayers about self-assessment scams

As HMRC prepares to send emails and text reminders to self-assessment taxpayers, it is important to be on high alert for scams as nearly 800,000 tax related scams were reported in the last year. 

    

More than four million emails and texts will be issued this week to self-assessment customers pointing them to guidance and support, prompting them to think about how they intend to pay their tax bill, and to seek support if they are unable to pay in full by 31 January.

 

Fraudsters use self-assessment to try and steal money or personal information from unsuspecting individuals. Phone calls, emails and texts may be fraudulent if they are unexpected; offer a tax refund, tax rebate or grant; ask for personal information; have typos, spelling or grammar mistakes or from an email address that looks wrong. Scam emails often include text saying that HMRC has changed its bank details, or asking for money to be transferred into a different account.

 

It is important to not give out personal information, download attachments or click on any links in unexpected texts or emails. More advice on how to spot HMRC related scam phone calls, email and texts can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/identify-hmrc-related-scam-phone-calls-emails-and-text-messages

 

Individuals can report suspicious phone calls using a form on gov.uk and should forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HRMC to phishing@hmrc.gov.uk and suspicious texts to 60599.

 

HMRC is also reminding self-assessment customers to double check websites and online forms before using them to complete their 2020/21 tax return. People can be taken in by misleading websites designed to make them pay for help in submitting tax returns or charging to connect them to HMRC phone lines.