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A press release has recently been issued by HMRC, warning the general public about the increasing number of self-assessment scammers that use the tax return as bait to trick people into transferring their tax bill over or acquiring sensitive data. HMRC has revealed that in the last 12 months, there have been 800,000 tax-related scams.

Self Assessment Deadline

The Self-Assessment deadline is on the 31st of January 2022. At this time of the year, it is common to receive correspondence from scammers via SMS, phone calls and emails. This is because it co-aligns with the time-period that HMRC would also contact you offering self-assessment guidance and reminders, making their scam more believable. In November 2021, HMRC issued nearly 4 million emails and text messages reminding taxpayers about the approaching deadline. So, as you can see that it is a huge market for scammers to capitalise on.

It is a common occurrence for scammers to try and pretend to be government officials or use text-based correspondence to attempt identity theft or trick individuals into handing over money.

HMRC Statements On Self Assessment Scams

Myrtle Lloyd, who is HMRC’s Director General for Customer Services, stated:

“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.”

HMRC has stated that there have been 360,000 fake tax rebate claims in the last year, highlighting this growing issue.

If you are looking for some additional help with your self-assessment, HDH can support you through this process. We will complete your tax return for you, calculate your tax liability and assist you with the amounts that need to be paid and when they are due. Take control of your tax early, so we can work on minimising your tax bill. Don’t leave your self-assessment to the last minute, request a call back today.

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