Self Assessment tax-payers are urged to be on the lookout for scam texts, emails and phone calls from fraudsters.
This warning comes as HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) received more than 130,000 reports about tax scams in the 12 months to September 2023, of which 58,000 were offering fake tax rebates.
With around 12 million people expected to submit a Self Assessment tax return for the 2022 to 2023 tax year before the 31 January 2024 deadline, fraudsters will prey on tax-payers by impersonating HMRC.
The scams take different approaches. Some offer a rebate; others tell tax-payers that they need to update their tax details or threaten immediate arrest for tax evasion.
For more information see HMRC scam alert: Scams warning for 12 million Self Assessment customers.