HMRC and DWP Trial is Genuine

HMRC and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are working together to offer customers the chance to participate in a voluntary scheme in which they can agree to have deductions taken from their state benefits and use those deductions to reduce their tax arrears or tax credit overpayments.

As part of this project a number of customers will be contacted by letter and invited to take part. Customers will not be contacted by telephone to take part in the scheme. The scheme is entirely voluntary. HMRC wish to emphasise that this is a genuine trial and not a scam. However, HMRC has also published details of a new telephone scam to be aware of. The fraudsters inform taxpayers that they are due a tax rebate and ask for their bank card details over the phone and then attempt to take money from the account.