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Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself

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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 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.

You can bookmark this page to stay atop of the latest information. You also should register for e-News for Tax Professionals or follow the IRS Twitter and Facebook social media for tax professionals.

News Releases

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

Fact Sheets

FS-2016-23, July 2016, Tax Professionals: Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself from Identity Theft


IRS Special Edition Tax Tip 2016-13, September 23, 2016, Beware of Fake IRS Tax Bill Notices

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


Webinar for CPE Credit: Protect Your Clients, Protect Yourself from Data Theft

Security Summit Warns Tax Pros of Cybercriminal Threats

IRS Identity Theft Playlist, YouTube


Publication 4557, Safeguarding Taxpayer Data

Publication 4524, Security Awareness for Taxpayers

Related Resources

Data Theft Information for Tax Professionals

Taxes. Security. Together. We all have a role to play in protecting your data

Identity Protection: Prevention, Detection and Victim Assistance

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 26-Sep-2016