As the 31st July deadline approaches for the second payment on account, this is a prime time for scammers.
Criminals are known to take advantage of the Self Assessment deadlines to panic customers into sharing their personal or financial details.
Scammers use scam texts, emails or calls either offering a ‘refund’ or demanding unpaid tax.
Please be aware if you’re contacted out the blue by someone claiming to be from HMRC asking for your personal or financial details, or offering you a tax rebate, grant or refund, this could be a scam.
HMRC will never leave a voicemail threatening legal action or call threatening arrest.
You can identify and report scams here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/identify-hmrc-related-scam-phone-calls-emails-and-text-messages
If you do need to pay your second payment on account, you can do so here: https://www.gov.uk/pay-self-assessment-tax-bill