HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is urging Self-Assessment customers to be on the lookout for scam texts, emails, and phone calls from fraudsters.

Scammers impersonating HMRC

With a large number of people expected to submit a Self-Assessment tax return for the 2022-23 tax year before the 31 January 2024 deadline, fraudsters will prey on customers by impersonating HMRC.

The scams take different approaches. Some offer a tax rebate; others tell customers that they need to update their tax details or threaten immediate arrest for tax evasion.

What to do if you suspect a scam

An unexpected contact claiming to be from HMRC should be viewed as suspicious. Take your time and check HMRC’s scam advice on how to identify tax scam phone calls, emails, and text messages.

You can report any suspicious communications to HMRC by:

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