PAYE Chaos May Encourage Scam Emails

PAYE Chaos

Fraudsters could try to take advantage of the PAYE tax blunder that resulted in millions of tax payers paying the wrong amount of tax, HMRC has warned.

There have been previous fraudulent campaigns which have seen emails sent with HMRC logos on them, claiming to be offering tax rebates. And now, in the light of mass chaos within the PAYE system, it is expected that many tax payers will be approached with bogus emails asking for personal bank details.

An HMRC spokesman said: “There could be an upsurge of scam emails in the light of the repayments we are making”

HMRC does not send emails to individual taxpayers and so anyone who receives correspondence through the internet claiming to be from a tax office should immediately disregard it.

A typical bogus email may ask a recipient to fill out a form that includes bank account details or click on a link that could pose a threat to the security of their computer.

Legitimate MHRC correspondence regarding rebates will come in the form of a letter delivered by post called a P800.

Ricky Steedman

Ricky worked as an Investigator in the Inland Revenue for over 20 years before founding Steedman & Company in 1987, giving him the experience and knowledge that enabled him to help so many clients over the years.

His appearance on a Channel 4 television programme about the inside workings of Revenue and Customs was watched by 4.1m which sealed his status as one of the most highly respected tax consultants to ever work in Scotland.

Ricky led all tax investigation and COP 9 cases, using his extensive knowledge to help people reach a positive resolution to their situation.

Ricky passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in June 2022 after leaving his indelible mark on the company he founded and headed for over 35 years.