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Beware of Self-Assessment Scams

A Warning from HMRC

The HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is alerting Self-Assessment customers to be vigilant against scam texts, emails and phone calls from fraudsters.

As the deadline for submitting Self-Assessment tax returns for the 2022-23 tax year (31st January 2024) approaches, scammers are targeting unsuspecting individuals by posing as HMRC officials.

These fraudsters employ various tactics to deceive taxpayers. Some promise tax rebates, while others claim that individuals need to update their tax information urgently. There are even threats of immediate arrest for alleged tax evasion. It’s crucial to stay informed and be cautious.

If you receive an unexpected communication purportedly from HMRC, exercise caution and take your time to assess its legitimacy. HMRC provides valuable advice on how to recognise tax scam phone calls, emails, and text messages. Familiarise yourself with their guidelines to avoid falling victim to these scams.

If you suspect that you have been targeted by a scam, here’s what you can do:

  • Check HMRC’s Official Resources: Refer to HMRC’s official website or contact them directly using verified contact details to confirm the authenticity of any communication you receive.
  • Report Suspicious Communications: If you encounter any suspicious texts claiming to be from HMRC, forward them to 60599. For suspicious emails, send them to Additionally, report tax scam phone calls directly to HMRC.

Finally, if you are required to file a Self-Assessment tax return for the 2022-23 tax year, ensure you do so and pay any owed taxes before the deadline at midnight on Wednesday 31st January 2024. Stay vigilant and protect yourself against potential scams during this tax season.

Please don not hesitate to call us on 01384 376 964 if you are unsure about any Self-Assessment communication you receive.

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