Home Business NewsBusiness Tax Scams on the rise amid pandemic

Tax Scams on the rise amid pandemic

by LLB Editor
8th Jan 21 12:02 pm

As the January 31st tax return deadline draws ever closer, self-assessment taxpayers should be aware of an increasing number of scams, say leading tax and advisory firm Blick Rothenberg.

Fiona Fernie, a Tax Dispute Resolution Partner with the firm said: “We have been warning all year that scammers and criminal gangs have been targeting taxpayers, but this appears to be on the increase as we approach the January 31st deadline, with fraudsters using the impending deadline to panic taxpayers into sharing their financial details or paying ‘tax due’.”

She added: “HMRC always issue thousands of SMS messages and emails as part of its annual self-assessment push to get people to get their returns in on time, and this year is no exception, but these can easily be confused with messages and emails from fraudsters offering tax rebates or tax refunds, or even threatening legal action if bogus amounts of outstanding tax are not paid immediately.

“ The scammers use language intended to convince victims to hand over personal information, including bank details, in order to claim a ‘refund’ or pay outstanding tax to avoid legal action.  Criminals will use this information to access taxpayers’ bank accounts, trick them into paying fictitious tax bills or sell their personal information to other criminals.  There are also reports of scammers becoming aggressive and threatening toward victims.”

You may also like

Leave a Comment


Sign up to our daily news alerts