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Following the end of the 2010-11 tax year, scam emails are flooding the Internet informing the recipient that they are due a repayment of tax. Scammers purporting to be a tax credit officer are sending emails containing reference numbers and links to websites which appear genuine. Clicking on the links could lead to your personal information being used for fraudulent purposes.

HM Revenue & Customs states on its website that it never contacs a customer by email to inform them of possible repayments or underpayments of tax. Any tax repayments are dealt with by HMRC and a calculation issued by post, with the repayment being sent by payable order or directly into your bank account, if you have previously requested this. HMRC never ask for bank details, automatically issuing payable orders.

There are also concerns that pensioners could be targeted as the latest victims of a scam, as HMRC recently announced that many people in receipt of a state pension could have an underpayment of tax. Scam emails may ask for bank details so that the tax can be reclaimed. This is never the case, and HMRC will always issue calculations by post.

Fake emails are notoriously difficult to spot, with large numbers of people falling prey to these scams. People who want to check whether their tax is correct, and if a repayment of tax may be due, should contact a low cost accountant who can calculate your liability. There are a number of cheap accountants who are happy to liaise with HMRC on your behalf, ensuring you pay the correct amount of tax without fear of being scammed.

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Gary Fields

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