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You Have a Tax Refund…NOT!

Plenty of contractors got their tax returns in by the 31st January deadline and paid with their credit card…some even got tax refunds, so they thought.

Emails have landed in thousands of inboxes over the last few weeks all claiming to be from HMRC and with the headline..”You Have a Tax Refund.”

This no doubt was a nice surprise for all of those hard working contractors out there, who would obviously like to receive a cheque in the post.

Unfortunately, these emails are not legit, and in fact, if you click on the link and then go to the website then you are asked to put in your personal details such as bank details and credit card information.

This isn’t the real HMRC website though, oh no, it is a fake website setup by those crafty criminals that operate in cyber space.

Not only that, but they have also started to send out texts as well as emails, all claiming to be from “HMRC.” It’s easy to see why so many contractors fall for these scams. They look so legitimate.

One contractor who wishes to remain nameless said that he got an email from “HMRC” promising him a tax refund. All he had to do was click on the link…but this particular contractor was having none of it.

Instead, he contacted HMRC directly through one of their direct communication channels and was met with the response he anticipated. The response? That HMRC will never, under any circumstances send out an email or text telling people they are due a tax refund.

Official correspondence usually comes through your own personal account on the HMRC website, or they may even send you a letter. That is how they do things.

Also, a spokesperson for HMRC did mention that anybody who has been scammed by this cyber criminals, well, if you let them know then they will do everything in their power to investigate the issue and try to bring these online thieves to justice.

I’ve heard the government and Police force are working very closely together on this, and in the future we should start to hear about arrests being made.

For now though, the best piece of advice I can give to any contractor to avoid becoming the next victim is to hire an accountant.

Not just any accountant…a contractor accountant, someone who specialises in controlling the tax affairs of our nations self employed freelance and contracting professionals.

You don’t even need to bother about clicking on emails from “HMRC,” all you need to do is send everything to your accountant to sort out.

If you get a tax refund then great. Your contractor accountant will arrange it with HMRC and make sure you get the cheque you owed, directly in the mail to your mail box.

Don’t delay…hire a contractor accountant today.

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