Hello, I’m John Koskinen, the IRS Commissioner, with an important message for tax professionals.
As you know, the IRS has formed an unprecedented partnership – we call it the Security Summit - with state tax agencies and the tax industry to combat identity theft.
We’ve also enlisted the public’s help through our “Taxes. Security. Together.” campaign. The objective was to encourage people to do more to protect their data from identity thieves.
This year, we’re expanding that campaign to tax professionals. Our Theme is: Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself.
We have more than 700,000 tax preparers in this country and we realize many of you already are taking good security precautions. But cybercriminals are continuing to evolve… using new technology, new ruses and new scams. More and more, they are targeting tax professionals.
The IRS and our partners want to make sure you have the latest information and the tools you need to protect your clients and to protect your business.
That’s the purpose of our new Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself web page. Here, you will find a range of tips, information items and alerts. There’s also Publication 4557, Safeguarding Taxpayer Data, which provides a check list to get you started with your security plan.
It’s going to take all of us – working together – to fight this crime. Remember: IRS dot gov, keyword search Protect Your Clients.