IRS E-News: Protect your Clients, Protect Yourself

The IRS has began publishing articles on security suggestions and recommendations for protecting taxpayer data.  As the IRS Security Working Summit reviews the tax season and makes recommendations, we will be posting changing to security protocols based on any new requirements and/or recommendations.

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Increasingly, tax professionals are being targeted by identity thieves. These criminals – many of them sophisticated, organized syndicates – are redoubling their efforts to gather personal data to file fraudulent federal and state income tax returns.

No one entity can fight this crime alone. It takes all of us, working together.

That is why the Security Summit – the unprecedented partnership between the IRS, state tax agencies, and the private-sector tax industry – came together to form a united and coordinated front against this common enemy. And, that’s why they are asking tax professionals nationwide to join this effort.

In addition to new security safeguards for 2017, the Security Summit has launched a campaign aimed at increasing awareness among tax professionals: Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself. This is a follow-up effort to the “Taxes. Security. Together.” public awareness campaign.

The IRS and its Security Summit partners will issue a series of fact sheets and tips on security, scams and identity theft prevention measures aimed at tax professionals and steps they can take to protect client data and their businesses.

Blog Posted 06/12/2017   7:55 AM EDT

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