The IRS, the states and the tax industry are committed to protecting you from identity theft. But, we need your help to join us in this effort.
By taking a few simple steps, you can better protect your personal and financial data online and at home.
In recent weeks, we’ve issued a series of IRS Security Awareness Tax Tips designed to help you take steps to protect yourself. If you missed them, we’ve created an IRS Security Awareness Tax Tips page for you to catch up or review.
Remember, cybercriminals continue stealing large amounts of personal data from outside the tax system. They can use that data to file fraudulent tax returns or commit other crimes while impersonating the victims.
The IRS, the states and the tax industry joined together in the Security Summit initiative to help fight back against these criminals. We’ve made significant progress to help taxpayers, but we can do an even better job with your help.
Please consider these steps to protect yourselves and your data:
Keep Your Computer Secure
Avoid Phishing and Malware
Protect Personal Information
Don’t routinely carry your Social Security card or documents with your SSN. Do not overshare personal information on social media. Information about past addresses, a new car, a new home and your children help identity thieves pose as you. Keep old tax returns and tax records under lock and key or encrypted, if electronic. Shred tax documents before trashing.
Watch out for IRS Impersonators. The IRS will not call you with threats of jail or lawsuits. The IRS will not send you an unsolicited email suggesting you have a refund or that you need to update your account. The IRS will not request any sensitive information online. These are all scams, and they persistent and change frequently. Don’t fall for them. Forward IRS-related scam emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Report IRS-impersonation telephone calls at www.tigta.gov.
Publication 4524, Security Awareness for Taxpayers, outlines this information. Consider printing and sharing this form with your family, friends, clients or employees.
This tax tip concludes the 2017 filing season Security Awareness Tax Tip series, which is part of the Taxes. Security. Together. public education campaign. This is a joint effort by the Security Summit partners, which includes the IRS, state tax agencies and the private-sector tax industry.
Remember: Taxes. Security. Together. We all have a role to play in protecting your data.
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