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?

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.

New Phishing Scam Claims to Be from a CPA Organization

Posted: March 22, 2017
The IRS has received reports of an email scam that claims to be an update from a legitimate state CPA professional organization.

IRS "Dirty Dozen" Tax Scams for 2017

Posted: February 17, 2017
The annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams highlights various schemes that taxpayers may encounter throughout the year, many of which peak during tax-filing season.

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.

Scammers Manipulate Caller ID Systems to Pose as NYS Tax Department Representatives

Posted: August 17, 2016
Scammers are cloning the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance's fraud hotline phone numbers so they appear on a taxpayer’s caller ID, giving the impression that these bogus calls are legitimate ones from the agency.