Beware of emails promising property tax rebates

Published on May 29, 2015 by Crawfords Accounting

If it looks too good to be true, it often is – and that is certainly the case with emails that arrive in your inbox promising you rebates on property tax you might have paid recently.

We’re still relatively early into a new financial year, and that makes it a prime time for fraudsters to try and catch you off guard with claims of changes in the property tax rates, and so on.

If you receive a promise of a rebate and are not convinced it is genuine, it probably isn’t, but our Manchester accountants can help you to decide for certain.

HMRC have issued updated guidance on what to look out for – including a promise that “HMRC will never send notifications of a tax rebate by email [or] ask you to disclose personal or payment information by email”.

If that’s not clear-cut enough, there are other warning signs to look out for, such as wording like ‘urgent action required’ designed to make you panic and impair your judgment.

Emails with attachments should be treated with caution, unless you are expecting them, and you should be wary of clicking any unusual links in official-looking but unexpected emails too.

If in doubt, our Manchester accountants can help you to determine whether you really are entitled to a tax rebate, whether on property tax or another area, and may be able to help you claim it if you are.

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