Don’t Fall for Scam Calls and Emails Posing as IRS

Scammers and cyberthieves continue to use the IRS as bait. The most common tax scams are phone calls and emails from thieves who pretend to be from the IRS. Scammers use the IRS name, logo, fake employee names and badge numbers to try to steal money and identities from taxpayers. Taxpayers need to be wary…

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Protect yourself from identity theft

Tax season is upon us with tax forms arriving in inboxes and mailboxes. Tackling your 2016 tax return may be a dreaded chore (because of complexity or the prospect of owing additional tax) or a welcome event (because you are due a refund). Either way, getting started early may help make your tax-filing season less…

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Protect Your Data

What to Do If You Suffer a Data Breach or Other Security Incident Should you experience a data compromise, there are certain basic steps you should take. Preliminary steps include: Contact the IRS and law enforcement: Internal Revenue Service – Report data theft to your local IRS Office. They should notify IRS Criminal Investigation and others within the…

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Protect your Financial Data

Due to the sensitive nature of your data, cybercriminals increasingly target the financial data. Thieves use a variety of tactics, from remote computer takeovers to phishing scams. Identity thieves are a formidable enemy. Data breaches are increasing in number and scope. Thieves often use the stolen identity information to file tax returns. As a tax preparer,…

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Protecting Your Social Security Number from Identity Theft

Every year, millions of Americans become victims of identity theft. Identity theft occurs when someone steals your personally identifiable information and pretends to be you. They can use this information to open bank or credit card accounts, file taxes, or make new purchases in your name.   It is important that you take steps to protect…

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Fighting Tax-Related ID Theft

When is a Web site not a Web site? – When it’s a “spoofed” site -– one that’s designed to mimic an official site, so that victims can be lured into divulging private information through it. Often scammers send an e-mail asking users to verify personal information, with a convenient link to the spoofed site….

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