Are you as careful as you should be when completing tax returns? Scammers are savvy, extremely aware of the tax payment deadlines and will step-up their efforts to divert payments from taxpayers to their own bank accounts.

When you complete your tax return by logging into your personal tax account you can choose to scan a QR code to complete a tax payment on your mobile device. This has generated a new type of scam with text messages or emails containing a QR code being sent to taxpayers to direct them to a fake HMRC website. We urge you to be vigilant with this as HMRC will never send a QR code to a taxpayer. If you receive a QR code via email or other electronic message supposedly from HMRC it is a scam.

HMRC will never ask for personal information or payment information by phone; WhatsApp; email; or text message. If you are contacted and asked for such information by someone claiming to be from HMRC, we advise that you end the call.

Phone calls purporting to be from HMRC asking for money urgently or threatening arrest is always a scam.

If you’re concerned about any contact you’ve received from HMRC, please don’t be afraid to contact us for advice.