Security Summit: Protecting Taxpayers from Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud


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November 2015

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

The IRS, the states and the tax industry came together in November 2015 to identify even more safeguards to protect your federal and state tax accounts from identity thieves.

See more information on "Taxes. Security. Together."

IRS, States and Industry Partners Provide Update on Collaborative Fight Against Tax-Related Identity Theft

On Oct. 20, 2015, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and Summit participants provided an update on the progress made by the working groups.

For more information, please see the IRS fact sheet.

IRS, Industry, States Take New Steps Together to Fight Identity Theft, Protect Taxpayers

The Internal Revenue Service has joined with representatives of the software industry, tax preparation firms, payroll and tax financial product processors and state tax administrators to announce a sweeping new collaborative effort to combat identity theft refund fraud to protect the nation's taxpayers.

For more information, please see the IRS news release.

2015 Security Summit: Protecting Taxpayers from Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud

The IRS, along with public and private sector partners, identified a number of solutions to address identity theft tax refund fraud following as part of the Security Summit effort convened in March 2015. "This agreement represents a new era of cooperation and collaboration among the IRS, states and the electronic tax industry that will help combat identity theft and protect taxpayers against tax refund fraud," IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said.

In June, the details were spelled out in a nine-page Summit reportPDF.

Remarks by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

Speaking at the Security Summit in June, Commissioner Koskinen discussed the Summit's planned initiatives to combat stolen identity refund fraud, stating, "These efforts will provide stronger protections for the nation’s taxpayers and for the nation's tax system."

For more information, see Commissioner Koskinen's full remarks.

From IRS Partners

Please see news releases from the following IRS partners on the 2015 Security Summit and collaborative efforts to protect taxpayers and tax administration from identity theft refund fraud: 

  • H&R Block
  • Intuit
  • Jackson Hewitt
  • American Coalition for Taxpayer Rights
  • TaxHawk

For More Information

For more information on identity theft and taxpayer protection, please see: