These include the deadline for self-assessment tax returns on 31 January and also the end of the tax year in early April.
Be on your guard for criminals pretending to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and:
Here are some tips to help you watch out for scams that try to trick you into handing over your personal or financial information.
These scams come in many forms. Criminals may say you've received a tax rebate or warn that you could be arrested for tax evasion. Often they’ll follow up a fake email or text with a phone call and ask for your account details.
Stay alert and don’t let yourself be rushed. HMRC will never ring you and threaten arrest.
Be suspicious of unsolicited emails, texts or phone calls, even if they appear to come from a legitimate source.
Remember that criminals have ways of sending messages and making calls that appear to have been sent by organisations such as HMRC. Fraudsters use:
HMRC has issued its own advice about how to tell if an email is genuine.
With bogus phone calls, the fraudster may pretend to be from HMRC and warn you that police will come to arrest you unless a tax bill is paid immediately. The caller can be very aggressive.
If you get a suspicious email you think may be an HMRC scam:
If you think you’re being targeted by a bogus phone call, don’t be afraid to hang up. If you have call barring, you could block the incoming number for future calls - but only if it’s not been spoofed or withheld.
Check out the government-backed campaign Take Five to learn more about how to guard against financial fraud.
You can also download the HSBC Fraud and Cyber Awareness app to get the latest alerts straight to your phone and test your knowledge with our range of quizzes.
You should treat your tax login the same as your banking details - never share them with anyone, even your tax agent if you have one.
If criminals got your HMRC login details, they could steal from you and make bogus claims, which you would have to pay back.
If you do have a tax agent to help you, they should use HMRC’s digital services for agents. They should never ask you to share your login details.