Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself
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 initiated for 2016 and planned 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 2015 “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.
IR-2016-116, Aug. 30, 2016, New Security Summit Video Warns Tax Pros of Cybercriminal Threats; Urges Precautionary Steps
IR-2016-103, Aug. 11, 2016, New Phishing Scheme Mimics Software Providers; Targets Tax Professionals
IR-2016-96, July 6, 2016, IRS, Partners Warn Tax Preparers of Data Theft Risks; Launch New Campaign to Increase Awareness
IR-2016-45, March 21, 2016, IRS’s Top 10 Identity Theft Prosecutions: Criminal Investigation Continues Efforts to Halt Refund Fraud
IR-2016-12, Feb. 1, 2016, Identity Theft an Ongoing Concern on the IRS Annual "Dirty Dozen" List of Tax Scams to Avoid
FS-2016-23, July 2016, Tax Professionals: Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself from Identity Theft
IR-2016-119, Sept. 2, 2016, IRS Warns of a New Wave of Attacks Focused on Tax Professionals
IRS Statement, April 15, 2016, New Tax Scam Targeting Tax Professionals
IR-2016-62, April 13, 2016, IRS Warns of Continued Scams, Varied Tactics as the Tax Deadline Nears
IR-2016-55, April 6, 2016, IRS Warns Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia Residents of New Phishing Scam Targeting National Capital Area
IR-2016-40, March 14, 2016, Consumer Alert: Scammers Change Tactics, Once Again
IR-2016-34, March 1, 2016, IRS Alerts Payroll and HR Professionals to Phishing Scheme Involving W-2s
IR-2016-28, Feb. 18, 2016, Consumers Warned of New Surge in IRS Email Schemes during 2016 Tax Season; Tax Industry Also Targeted
Security Awareness Tax Tips
IRS Security Awareness Tax Tip #11, August 9, 2016, Tax Professionals: Monitor Your PTIN for Suspicious Activity
IRS Security Awareness Tax Tip #10, January 21, 2016, Tax Preparers: Perform a Deep Security Scan of Your Computer Drives
Related IRS.gov Resources