New IRS Email Scam

A new IRS scam has recently emerged. Fraudulent emails are being sent out asking taxpayers to pay a penalty for not having the required healthcare coverage imposed by the Affordable Care Act.

The IRS sends taxpayers notices by mail only, BUT unfortunately, there are some fraudulent letters also being sent by regular mail.

Please be aware:

  • IRS does not contact taxpayers by phone, email or text
  • IRS does not require payment from taxpayers with prepaid debit cards or an iTunes gift card
  • IRS will not ask for credit card numbers or personal information over the phone
  • IRS will not make threats to arrest a taxpayer owing money

Do not reply or open any email or attachments from the IRS. Forward the email to and then delete it.

Hang up on fraudulent IRS phone calls demanding money.

If you owe taxes or think you may and receive any contact by the IRS by phone, email or mail demanding payment,
please call the IRS at (800) 829-1040.

Tom Scanlon, CPA, CFP® has over thirty-five years experience in public accounting with an extensive background in the areas of financial, tax and estate planning.