HMRC’s published guidance titled ‘Check a list of genuine HMRC contacts’ has been updated. The list is intended to help taxpayers check if recent contacts purporting to be from HMRC are actually a scam. The guidance contains a list of emails, phone calls, letters, and text messages recently issued by HMRC. The list can be useful to help taxpayers decide if a contact is genuine or from a fraudster trying to trick taxpayers into supplying confidential or personal information.
The most recent updates have seen information added on:
- Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – Between March and April 2021, HMRC is writing to taxpayers who became self-employed in 2019-20 and submitted a Self-Assessment return for that period. These taxpayers may now be eligible for the Self Employment Income Support Scheme. These letters and associated follow-up calls are genuine.
- Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwelling – HMRC is sending letters and emails to agents and companies to remind them of their responsibilities to complete their Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings return by 30 April 2021.
- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Between March and June 2021, HMRC is working with independent research agency, Ipsos MORI. Ipsos MORI will be carrying out research on HMRC’s behalf into the effectiveness of the scheme and how HMRC can improve support for employers. You may receive a letter and / email from Ipsos MORI inviting you to take part in this research. Any participation is voluntary.
If you are concerned that you have been contacted by a potential fraudster, you can check the Gov website for a full list of reported scams here