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Tax Preparer Security Awareness

June 19, 2019


Although the main part of the 2019 filing season has passed it is a good time to remind tax preparers of their obligation to protect the sensitive tax and financial data of their clients. Now is the time to make sure that you as a preparer take the necessary steps to protect your computer system and to make yourself aware of how to protect against email phishing scams and the signs that data theft may have occurred. Cybercriminals are active year-round in sending out phishing emails that are designed to trick preparers into taking action (such as clicking on a link or opening an attachment) that may allow them access to your computer system.

The following is information that the IRS has posted to their website in their continuing efforts to help preparers educate themselves on their security obligations and to protect themselves from the efforts of cybercriminals to steal their client’s information by gaining access to their computer systems:

For additional information see the following on the IRS website:

Recent Tax Updates

Virtual Currency and Form 1040, Schedule 1
November 11, 2019

2020 PTIN Renewal is Now Underway
October 28, 2019

Taxpayer First Act
October 11, 2019

2019 Changes to Form 1040, Associated Schedules and New Form 1040SR
September 5, 2019

IRS Accepting Renewal Applications for Expiring ITINs
August 7, 2019

Tax Preparer Security Awareness
June 19, 2019

2019 Federal Tax Changes
April 24, 2019

Additional Updates
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