As millions across the country will be completing their self-assessment tax returns soon in the run up to the 31 January deadline, HMRC has published guidance on how to avoid being scammed.
Over the last twelve months, HMRC received nearly 900,000 reports from members of the public about suspicious HMRC contact, including phone calls, texts or emails.
A staggering 620,000 reports from the public were in relation to bogus tax rebates.
Signs something could be a scam
Landlords are being warned that genuine organisations like HMRC and banks will never contact customers asking for their PIN, password or bank details. Customers should never give out private information, reply to text messages, download attachments or click on links in texts or emails which they are not expecting.
Some of the most common techniques fraudsters use include phoning taxpayers offering a fake tax refund, or pretending to be HMRC by texting or emailing a link which will take customers to a false page, where their bank details and money will be stolen.
What to do if you suspect something is a scam
If you think you have received an HMRC-related phishing email or text message, you are urged to take action by forwarding details of suspicious calls or emails claiming to be from HMRC to email@example.com and texts to 60599.
Those who have suffered financial loss should contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or use their online fraud reporting tool.
More information about self-assessment tax returns can be read on the RLA’s webpages here.
In addition to this, landlords who want to learn more about tax can sign up to an RLA training course on this subject. Courses include Property Tax and Inheritance Tax-and new dates have just been announced for next year.