Tax professionals should remember to use strong passwords on their accounts. This will help protect their clients’ data from cyberthieves.
Cybersecurity experts’ recommendations on what constitutes a strong password has recently changed. Here are some of the latest tips for tax professionals to follow when creating passwords to help keep data secure. They should:
The IRS and its partners in the Security Summit are reminding preparers about the importance of strong passwords as part of the Tax Security 101 awareness initiative. This is intended to provide tax professionals with the basic information they need to better protect taxpayer data and to help prevent the filing of fraudulent tax returns.
Federal Trade Commission Safeguards Rule
Publication 4557, Safeguarding Taxpayer Data
Publication 5293, Data Security Resource Guide for Tax Professionals
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