Safeguarding Taxpayer Data – Avoid Scams
Tax return preparers should beware of various ruses and schemes used by cybercriminals. These scams allow criminals to gain access to passwords or computer systems which allows them to steal taxpayer data. Many schemes are currently making the rounds.
Protect your clients and yourself from these ongoing and increasingly sophisticated efforts to steal data.
How serious is this threat? Here are a few examples of criminal scams and schemes intent on stealing your information from just the past few months:
Scams aimed at tax preparers evolve each year. Tax professionals must be aware that any email can be a possible ploy from a clever criminal. This is just a sampling of scams. See Publication 4557, Safeguarding Taxpayer Data, for steps to protect your client and protect your business.
This is one in a series of special security awareness tax tips for tax professionals. The IRS and its Security Summit partners launched the “Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself” campaign to raise awareness among tax professionals about the threats posed by cybercriminals.
The Security Summit is a joint project by the IRS, state tax agencies and the tax community to combat identity theft. Also see, “Taxes.Security.Together.” for information directed to taxpayers.
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