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 Warns of Tax Transcript Email Scam

Posted: November 20, 2018
The IRS and Security Summit partners are warning the public of a surge of fraudulent emails impersonating the IRS and using tax transcripts as bait to entice users to open documents containing malware.

After a Breach: How Tax Preparers Should Respond to Being Hacked

Posted: October 24, 2018
The IRS offers tips on what practitioners should do immediately after discovering they’ve been breached.

Overview of New IRS Tax Transcript

Posted: September 21, 2018
On Sept. 23, the format of IRS tax transcripts is changing in an effort to better protect taxpayer data from cybercriminals. Here's an overview of what you need to know.

IRS Reminds Tax Preparers of Data Security Plan Requirements

Posted: September 4, 2018
The IRS and Security Summit partners remind tax professionals that protecting taxpayer information isn’t just good for the clients and good for business – it’s also the law.

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.

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.