As we move into the final couple of months for tax returns to be completed and filed with HMRC, there is a strong warning from HMRC to be careful of scams and fraudsters.
HMRC’s Director General for Customer Services is quoted “Never let yourself be rushed. If someone contacts you saying they’re from HMRC, wanting you to urgently transfer money or give personal information, be on your guard. HMRC will also never ring up threatening arrest. Only criminals do that. Scams come in many forms. Some threaten immediate arrest for tax evasion, others offer a tax rebate. Contacts like these should set alarm bells ringing, so if you are in any doubt whether the email, phone call or text is genuine, you can check the HMRC scams advice on GOV.UK and find out how to report them to us.”
There will always be people looking to take advantage of others, but there are some easy steps you can take to help protect yourself, these can be found on the HMRC website or speak to us.
If you are in any doubt at all as to whether the email, phone call or text is genuine, you can check the HMRC scams advice on GOV.UK and find out how to report them to us.”
You can also forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to firstname.lastname@example.org and texts can for sent to 60599.
We will be working through your returns throughout December and January and any questions you have please do not hesitate to contact your account manager or call 020 8863 4566 or email us.