Scam Alert: Connecticut Annual Report Form from “Workplace Compliance Services” & Identity Theft Risk
Several of our clients have reported receiving a notice from a group operating under the name “Workplace Compliance Services.” These notices, received through the U.S. Mail, have been directed towards Limited Liability Companies registered with the State of Connecticut Secretary of State and require payment of a $110 Connecticut annual report fee on an enclosed form.
These forms should NOT be filed, and NO payments should be made to Workplace Compliance Services.
The Connecticut Secretary of State has independently issued a press release regarding this scam, available here. The Secretary of State encourages anyone who has received this notice to file a complaint with the Office of the Attorney General.
Federal tax-related identity theft is also on the rise this time of year. The Internal Revenue Service has separately issued guidance regarding steps taxpayers can take to protect themselves, as well as what to do if they become a victim of identity theft. The IRS webpage on Identity Protection is available here.
What Does CohnReznick Think?
As the tax filing season begins, it is important to be on the lookout for potential scams. If you receive the above described notice in the mail, or any other notice, email, or phone call that you suspect may be fraudulent, contact your tax professional and alert your IT team before responding or compromising your data security.
For more information, please contact Cindy Galamgam, Senior Manager, State and Local Tax Services, at Cindy.Galamgam@CohnReznick.com or (959) 200-7239 or Cheryl Povilonis, Senior Associate, State and Local Tax Services, at Cheryl.Povilonis@CohnReznick.com or (959) 200-7296.
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