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?

IRS to Introduce New Tax Transcript to Better Protect Taxpayer Data

Posted: August 23, 2018
Moving to better protect taxpayer data, the IRS has announced a new format for individual tax transcripts that will redact personally identifiable information from the Form 1040 series.

6 Security Safeguards for Tax Professionals

Posted: July 17, 2018
All tax professionals, whether part of a large firm or a one-person shop, must enact security safeguards. Here are six critical steps to protect computers and email as well as safeguarding sensitive taxpayer data.

IRS Warns Tax Pros of New Scam Posing as Professional Associations

Posted: May 24, 2018
The IRS is warning tax practitioners to beware of phishing emails posing as state accounting and professional associations. Cybercriminals have specifically targeted tax professionals in Iowa, Illinois, New Jersey and North Carolina.

IRS Warns of New Twist on Phone Scam

Posted: April 24, 2018
The IRS today warned of a new twist on an old phone scam as criminals use telephone numbers that mimic IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers to trick taxpayers into paying non-existent tax bills.

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.

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.