You might not think about your taxes until Tax day – 31 October for paper and 31 January for online, but online scamsters are already plotting to steal thousands of pounds out of your pocket. Scams for the 2012-2013 tax season include the Taxreturngateway.com scam which posed as a legitimate tax return service and underplayed what consumers could get for free or at a lower cost.
Overall, there are 30 million taxpayers in the UK. Around 10.74 million filed their self-assessment taxes in 2012/2013, with over 8.5 million choosing to do it online. As a result of this, the months between October and January have become ripe for tax-related online scams. Fraudsters know that tax payers are looking for information on tax laws, deductions and expenses. They also know that this is the time of the year when UK taxpayers provide personal information online to file their taxes.
Alan McCappin, our firm’s practice manager, says, “Because most of us wait for the last minute to file our taxes, fraudsters take advantage of this scramble and find ways to lure us into their webs.”
Alan McCappin says, “It’s important that UK taxpayers stay alert this tax season. Fraudsters can sound very official and legit. Do not be fooled.”