‘We think there is more HMRC can do’ – tax refund warning issued as taxpayers are at risk | Personal Finance | Finance

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Self Assessment tax returns will be due over the coming weeks and ahead of this, taxpayers may be approached by dubious companies or advisors offering “inappropriate” tax relief services. Taxpayers need to be vigilant with this as LITRG warned “nobody, including tax advisers, accountants or tax refund companies, need your Government Gateway credentials to undertake their work on your behalf”.

Government Gateway logins

To cover tax obligations or utilise a range of Government services, a Government Gateway ID will need to be set up and unfortunately, these credentials are being targeted by scammers.

Taxpayers are being approached by a refund company asking them to register for a Self Assessment tax return to claim employment expenses, according to analysis from LITRG. The company is then using the individual’s Government Gateway login credentials to prepare and submit a tax return containing apparently inappropriate claims for a sophisticated tax relief:…

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