Tax Fraud & Tax ID Theft

Scams are continually targeted at taxpayers and tax preparers via phone, email and online. Stay up-to-date with the latest scam attempts, and learn how to protect yourself. 

Have you or a client received a scam email or phone call claiming to be from the IRS?

Scam Alert: Watch Out for Erroneous Refunds

Posted: February 13, 2018
After stealing client data from tax professionals and filing fraudulent tax returns, criminals use the taxpayers' real bank accounts for the deposit. Thieves are then using various tactics to reclaim the refund from the taxpayers, and their versions of the scam may continue to evolve.

Scam Alert: New Phishing Email Appears to Be from AICPA

Posted: February 8, 2018
An NJCPA member recently received an email that appears as though it's from the AICPA, but it's really a phishing scam that is trying to get practitioners to click a malicious link.

New Filing Season Scam Targets Tax Preparers

Posted: February 2, 2018
Only a few days into the filing season, the IRS has already identified a new scam that began with cybercriminals stealing data from several tax practitioners’ computers and filing fraudulent tax returns.

Understanding Tax Return Identity Theft

Posted: January 19, 2018
What exactly is tax identity theft and how can you tell if your client has fallen prey to it? Taxpayers may be made aware of tax return identity theft upon attempting to file their own return or may be alerted when the IRS issues a notice to the taxpayer that it suspects that tax return identity theft has occurred.

Employers: Beware of Form W-2 Scam

Posted: January 17, 2018
The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry are urging all employers to educate their payroll personnel about a Form W-2 phishing scam that made victims of hundreds of organizations and thousands of employees last year.

What to Do If You Suffer a Data Breach or Other Security Incident

Posted: January 18, 2017
Tax professionals are increasingly becoming targets of cybercriminals seeking access to client data. Criminals use the stolen information to file fraudulent tax returns for refunds. Be prepared to protect your clients and yourself by taking a few critical steps.

Safeguarding Taxpayer Data: Secure Your Office

Posted: January 4, 2017
It’s more important than ever that tax professionals take aggressive steps to protect taxpayer information. Securing office space is as important as securing computers.

Safeguarding Taxpayer Data: Make a Security Plan

Posted: January 3, 2017
Cybercriminals want sensitive client data that tax professionals have, so the tax preparation community is a target. As a tax professional, you can take the initial step to safeguard taxpayer data by assessing your risks and making a security plan.

Safeguarding Taxpayer Data: How to Get Started

Posted: December 22, 2016
Tax professionals must safeguard taxpayer data by law. It is also critical to tax preparers’ business success. Protect your clients and yourself by taking a few common sense steps.