November 16, 2016
The IRS along with representatives of the tax software industry and state tax agencies met on November 3, 2016 in Washington D.C. to finalize their plans to help combat tax identity theft and protect the nation’s taxpayers from identity theft fraud for the upcoming 2017 filing season.
CrossLink continues to participate in this effort and looks forward to being part of the continuing partnership with other tax industry companies, the IRS, and states to help combat the growing impact of identity theft to the federal and state tax systems.
This ground-breaking Security Summit partnership first gathered in 2015 as the IRS, state tax agencies, and the tax software industry sought to counter increasingly sophisticated criminal enterprises that were amassing massive amounts of personal data stolen elsewhere and using that data to prepare fraudulent tax returns.
For the upcoming filing season, the IRS, states, and the tax software industry will be adding additional safeguards to help improve the authentication procedures for tax returns, enhance information sharing between all Summit partners to improve fraud detection, improve cybersecurity, and continue education and outreach to the public and tax preparers.
A few of the Security Summit initiatives for the upcoming 2017 filing season are:
To learn more about this ongoing IRS, tax industry, and state collaborative effort to fight identity theft and protect taxpayers, see the following on the IRS website:
IRS Use of Private Debt Collection Agencies
June 20, 2017
Expired Individual Federal Tax Provisions
May 10, 2017
Reminder to Watch for Phishing Email Schemes
March 22, 2017
IRS Identity Verification Letters
March 1, 2017
Additional Reminders for this Filing Season
February 16, 2017
Useful IRS Webpages
February 1, 2017
Reminder of the Federal Refund Delays and Expansion of Preparer Due Diligence Requirements
January 11, 2017
Expiring ITINs and Tax Scams Aimed at Tax Preparers
January 6, 2017