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?

Tax Pros Warned of New Scam to Steal Their Passwords

Posted: August 7, 2017
Tax professionals should be alert to a sophisticated new phishing email scam impersonating tax software providers and attempting to steal usernames and passwords.

IRS Launches Education Campaign Aimed at Tax Pros

Posted: July 6, 2017
The IRS today warned tax professionals to increase their computer security and to beware of their inbox – specifically the successful email scams dubbed spear phishing that identify themselves as a friend, customer or company.

New Phishing Email Targets Tax Pros

Posted: June 23, 2017
Beware of a phishing email purporting to be from a tax software education provider that seeks extensive amounts of sensitive tax preparer data.

IRS Warns of New Phone Scam Involving Bogus Certified Letters

Posted: June 16, 2017
The IRS is warning people to beware of a new scam linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), where fraudsters call to demand an immediate tax payment through a prepaid debit card.

Use of Driver’s License Numbers Raises Security Concerns

Posted: April 10, 2017
CPAs need to be concerned about the possibilities of a data breach involving the numbers.

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.