Recent Tax Updates

2020 National Security Awareness Tips for Upcoming 2021 Filing Season

By Mark Castro, CPA
December 18, 2020

As the 2021 filing season approaches the IRS is warning taxpayers and tax preparers to remain vigilant due to the constantly evolving threats and scams from fraudsters. This year identity thieves have added additional scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic in their effort to steal taxpayers and tax preparers out of their identities and/or money.

As part of their awareness effort the IRS held their 5th Annual National Security Awareness Week between November 30 and December 4. The goal of this awareness effort is to offer basic security guidance for individual taxpayers, tax preparers and business taxpayers to protect themselves and their tax information from tax-related identity theft.

This year the IRS is emphasizing the following subjects related to security and how tax preparers can protect themselves from identity thieves:

The National Security Awareness Week page on the IRS website also offers the following information:

  • Tax Tips for tax preparers
  • Links to posters on the five topics covered by this year’s National Security Awareness week
  • Videos on security topics for tax preparers

See the following on the IRS and FTC website for more information on what tax preparers and taxpayers can do to protect themselves from identity thieves: