As the 31st January 2022 deadline for 2020/21 self-assessment tax returns nears, HMRC is set to distribute SMS and email communications to four million self-employed professionals, reminding them to pay their tax bill and directing them to any support if they are unable to pay in full.
HMRC is keen to raise awareness of the heightened attempts of fraudsters during this period, who attempt to convince individuals to transfer funds via their illegitimate websites or accounts.
Myrtle Lloyd, Director General for Customer Services, HMRC, said: “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.”
Illegitimate websites will endeavour to replicate the messaging and user interface of government portals to increase their perceived authenticity. HMRC implores individuals due to submit an online 2020/21 self-assessment tax return to double and triple-check website addresses and online forms before submitting any sensitive data.
Anyone that believes they have fallen foul of a tax-related scam should contact their bank and notify Action Fraud of the crime immediately.
It’s not too late for us to prepare your 2020/21 self-assessment tax return
If you are yet to file your self-assessment tax return for the 2020/21 tax year online, don’t panic. We can complete your tax return, calculate your tax liabilities and submit your return using HMRC-approved software. We’ll even keep you updated on the deadlines for paying your tax to avoid late filing penalties.
For a fixed, competitive fee, let us take the strain and handle your outstanding self-assessment tax return so that you can focus on doing what you do best – growing your business.
Date published 22 Nov 2021 | Last updated 23 Nov 2021