The IRS warns tax professionals that cybercriminals are at work now that the nation’s tax season is here. Thieves file fraudulent tax returns and use the stolen information to get tax refunds using their victims’ information. Tax preparers who experience a data theft can follow these steps.
Contact the IRS and law enforcement:
Contact state agencies where they prepare state returns:
Contact clients and other services:
The IRS reminds tax professionals that toll-free assistors cannot accept third-party notification of tax-related identity theft. Clients should file a Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit, only if their electronic return is rejected as a duplicate, or they’re directed to do so.
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