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 combat identity theft refund fraud to protect the nation's taxpayers.
National Tax Security Awareness Week
Dec. 5 – Dec. 9, 2016
IRS, Security Summit Partners Remind Taxpayers to Recognize Phishing Scams
The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners cautioned taxpayers today to avoid identity theft by watching for phishing scams that can increase around the tax season.
The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry - all partners in the fight against identity theft- reminded taxpayers that the easiest way for an identity thief to steal taxpayer information is by simply asking for it. As a result, each day people fall victim to phishing scams through emails, texts, or phone and mistakenly turn over important data. In turn, cybercriminals try to use that data to file fraudulent tax returns or commit other crimes. See IR-2016-160 for additional details
IRS, Security Summit Partners, Remind Taxpayers to Protect Themselves Online. See IR-2016-158
IRS and its Security Summit partners announce "National Tax Security Awareness Week." See IR-2016-156 for additional details.
From Our Partners:
Drake Software: “In the battle to protect the American taxpayer’s identity, education is a key component,” said Jamie Stiles, president of Drake Software. “Taxpayers, as well as tax preparers, need to understand the threats and how to protect taxpayer information. National Tax Security Awareness Week has never been more essential than it is today.”
H&R Block: “Taxpayers are the first line of defense in protecting themselves against stolen identity refund fraud,” said Bill Cobb, H&R Block president and CEO. “National Tax Security Awareness Week is a great way for the public to learn ways they can protect themselves from this growing threat.”
Intuit: "Protecting taxpayers and strengthening the integrity of the U.S. tax system is a team effort. Everyone – government, industry and taxpayers – needs to do their part,” said Brad Smith chairman and chief executive officer of Intuit Inc.“We remain committed to educating and empowering taxpayers to protect their online identity and we are proud to be part of this new era of collaboration across the national tax system to fight cyber security threats." – Brad Smith, Intuit Chairman and CEO
Other Security Awareness Campaigns
Summit partners have held a series of public awareness campaigns directed at taxpayers and at tax professionals, encouraging both to take steps to protect themselves from identity thieves and cybercriminals.
News Events and Announcements - 2016
November 28, 2016 - IRS, states and the tax industry offer tips to protect your computers from malware.
November 22, 2016 - As Holidays Approach, IRS Reminds Taxpayers of Refund Delays in 2017.
November 16, 2016 - The IRS and Security Summit partners began the second year of their “Taxes. Security. Together.” campaign aimed at encouraging taxpayers to take stronger measures to protect their financial and tax data.
November 3, 2016 - IRS Commissioner Koskinen and Summit partners reviewed 2016 results and outlined for the public the additional safeguards that will be taken for the 2017 filing season.
Koskinen and Summit participants make a mid-year review of 2016 initiatives and turn toward 2017. Announced start of the Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself campaign.
- News Release, Security Summit Reviews 2016 Accomplishments, Announces 2017 Initiatives
- Fact Sheet, Security Summit Partners Update Identity Theft Initiatives for 2017
- Fact Sheet, Tax Professionals: Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself from Identity Theft
News Events and Announcements - 2015
Commissioner Koskinen and Summit partners asked for the public’s help, announced start of the “Taxes. Security. Together.” campaign.
- News Release, IRS, States and Tax Industry Announce New Steps to Help Public to Protect Personal Tax Data
- Commissioner Remarks
- Additional 2015 Security Summit Information
Additional Information for Individuals
- Helpful resources: Publications, articles, YouTube videos and other identity theft related outreach
- Publication 4557, Safeguarding Taxpayer Data: A Guide for Your Business (PDF)
- Security Awareness Tax Tips
- Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts
Additional Information for Tax Professionals
- Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself
- Publication 4557, Safeguarding Taxpayer Data (PDF)
- Identity Protect: Prevention, Detection and Victim Assistance
- Data Theft Information for Tax Professionals