HMRC has issued an alert about a new phone scam. People are being called and threatened with court action. The scammers are also saying a summons for arrest has been issued for tax avoidance and non-payment of tax. As you can imagine this is causing a great deal of alarm for the people receiving these calls.
You can help HMRC by reporting any such incident to Action Fraud via their website, or by calling them on 0300 123 2040.
If you think a communication from HMRC is suspicious they ask that you report this to their phishing team (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Forward text messages to 60599 (you will be charged at your normal network rate)
- Emails, send to the email address above
- Phone call, send caller’s phone number, date of the call and brief description of the call, to the email address above
HMRC want to remind everyone that they will never send a text, email or phone you telling you about a tax rebate or penalty or ask for your personal payment information.
Let’s all stay vigilant and if we all report such incidents, we can help HMRC to combat the scammers.
For any other aspect of bona fide tax communication from HMRC if it’s to do with payroll and making sure you are being correct and diligent in your handling of your employees’ tax then we can help. Our experts are based in Birmingham but we work with clients all over the UK. We are used to dealing with wages and salaries and benefits in relation to payroll processing, which is our core competency, but our service extends well beyond this. Get in touch with our expert team if we can be of assistance.