New Forest

25/01/2021

Scam warning for self-assessment

HMRC have issued a scam warning for those submitting self-assessment tax returns this year. With the deadline this Sunday, 31 January, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) have reported an increase of fraudulent activity.

Taxpayers are reportedly receiving emails claiming to be from their accountants, saying that HMRC have changed their bank details and asking for their tax bill to be paid to a different account.

In order to combat this type of fraud, HMRC are advising taxpayers to be vigilant and not provide any personal information or funds to accounts that cannot be verified. HMRC has also provided a scams checklist to help people identify whether communications are genuine.

For further information on the scam warning, please contact Gemma Hedges on 023 8046 1259.

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