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HMRC: Be Aware Of Self-Assessment Scams!

Taxpayers take note ...

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POSTED BY ROGER EDDOWES ON 20/01/2020 @ 8:00AM

With the run-up to the 31st January filing deadline, HMRC has issued a reminder for taxpayers to be aware of self-assessment scams ...

Is it really from HMRC? Beware of self-assessment scams!

Is it really from HMRC? Beware of self-assessment scams!

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Over the past 12-months, HMRC has received just shy of 900,000 complaints from the public about suspicious emails, phone calls and text messages. Over 100,000 were phone scams and more than 620,000 reports came in about bogus tax rebates.

"Fraudsters have been known to threaten victims with arrest or imprisonment if they don't pay up immediately!"

HMRC are asking anyone who has received fraudulent communications to forward emails to phishing@hmrc.gov.uk and forward texts to 60599. You should also be on the lookout for copycat websites where you could be charged a fee for filing.

The correct links can be found on www.gov.uk/hmrc where you will be able to file your self-assessment tax return securely.

Until next time ...

ROGER EDDOWES
Business Godparent

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About Roger Eddowes ...

 

Roger trained at Edward Thomas Peirson & Sons in Market Harborough before working at Hartwell & Co, followed by Chancery, as a partner. He started Essendon Accounts and Tax with Helen Beaumont in 2014 as a general practitioner with a hands-on approach.

Roger loves getting his hands dirty, working with emerging, small-to-medium and family businesses to ensure they receive the best possible accountancy advice. Roger utilises an extensive network of business contacts to leverage the best guidance and practical solutions.