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Irs, Security Summit Partners Launch New Awareness Campaign

The Internal Revenue Service will begin issuing refunds this week to eligible taxpayers who paid taxes on 2020 unemployment compensation that the recently-enacted American Rescue Plan later excluded from taxable income. One interesting observation is that Publication 4557 no longer advises that passwords be changed regularly, and the same admonishment is missing from the news release. Install anti-malware/anti-virus security software on all devices and keep software set to automatically update. More tax returns filed with a practitioner’s Electronic Filing Identification Number than submitted. The number of confirmed identity theft returns stopped by the IRS declined by 54 percent, falling from 1.4 million in 2015 to 649,000 in 2018. All IRS financial standards updated in irsLogics Four years ago when we started irsLogics as a product, we promised our dear clients to keep up with the latest IRS changes and updates in forms, regulations and financial standards.

Irs, Security Summit Partners Launch New Awareness Campaign

The IRS anticipates the verification code will be expanded in future years for all Forms W-2. Several new data elements shared on tax returns from Summit partners helped the IRS stop over 74,000 suspicious returns, representing over $372 million in refunds that were prevented from being paid. Security Summit initiatives put in place in 2016 had a dramatic impact on the collective ability to identify and stop fraudulent returns.

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This year’s campaign also coincides with this summer’s IRS Nationwide Tax Forums, which will again feature a major focus on security protection for tax professionals. The sessions will provide continuing education credits for sessions led by experts from inside and outside the IRS. The American Coalition for Taxpayer Rights also will again sponsor special sessions with experts from the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island. Make sure the security software is always turned on and can automatically update. Encrypt sensitive files such as tax records you store on your computer.

Irs, Security Summit Partners Launch New Awareness Campaign

Creating a process for financial institutions to identify questionable state tax refunds and return them to states for validation. Launching the Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud Information Sharing & Analysis Center (IDTTRF-ISAC) in 2017.

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As with 2016, many of the new features will not be visible to taxpayers but will provide the IRS and states with the information they need to identify and stop fraudulent identity theft returns. WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and industry partners today finalized plans for 2017 to improve identity theft protections for individual and business taxpayers after making significant inroads this year against fraudulent returns. The IRS has joined with representatives of the software industry, tax preparation firms, payroll and tax financial product processors and state tax administrators to combat identity theft refund fraud to protect the nation’s taxpayers. Identifying additional data elements from tax returns that will help improve authentication of the taxpayer and identify possible identity theft scams and sharing data elements from corporate tax returns.

Irs, Security Summit Partners Launch New Awareness Campaign

The work group also will analyze and address industry lead reporting compliance with Publication 1345 and the requirement upon industry to provide identity theft data. At a Washington press conference, Summit leaders also detailed new and expanded safeguards for taxpayers in the upcoming 2017 tax season. The 2017 focus revolves around “trusted customer” features that will help ensure the authenticity of the taxpayer and the tax return – before, during and after a tax return is filed. The additional protections will build on the 2016 successes that prevented fraudulent returns and protected tax refunds. This effort is part of the Summit’s “Protect Your Client, Protect Yourself” education series aimed at tax professionals. The IRS and Summit partners also have been encouraging individual taxpayers to increase their security awareness through the “Taxes.Security.Together” campaign.

“The IRS and the Security Summit partners urge all tax professionals to take stronger security steps to protect themselves and their clients,” said Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter. “With the help of the Summit partnership, the IRS has made major progress protecting taxpayers in the battle against tax-related identity theft. But the threat remains, and we need the help of tax professionals to take basic steps to safeguard their systems and taxpayer data.”

With the steps listed above, people can take steps to protect themselves online. Awareness about business identity theft is one in a series of bookkeeping tips offered by the Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and tax industry, which partner as the Security Summit to protect taxpayers.

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The series of security awareness tips focus on security measures tax professionals should take to better protect taxpayer data and to guard against the ever-evolving nature of identity theft and refund fraud. The Security Summit partners note that cybercriminals worldwide are actively targeting tax professionals in an effort to steal taxpayer information that would allow them to file fraudulent tax returns for refunds. The Summit group, a partnership between the public and private sectors, urged the tax community to take steps now to protect information before the 2017 filing season. Tax professionals are entrusted with our most private financial and identifying data.

  • The effort follows feedback and recommendations from the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee that encouraged the Summit partners to expand and intensify outreach efforts to the tax professional community on identity theft and security issues.
  • Between 2015 and 2019, the IRS protected a combined $26 billion in fraudulent refunds by stopping confirmed identity theft returns.
  • Treat your personal information like you do your cash; don’t leave it lying around.
  • Set it to update automatically so that it always has the latest security defenses.
  • This effort is part of the Summit’s “Protect Your Client, Protect Yourself” education series aimed at tax professionals.
  • Between 2015 and 2019, the number of taxpayers reporting they were identity theft victims fell 80%.

The work group will collaborate with the Communication and Taxpayer Awareness Work Group on an outreach and education campaign aimed at tax professionals. The news release specifically mentions attempting to inform professional regarding steps they should be taking to protect themselves from cyberattacks and being able to protect taxpayer data. Together.” awareness campaign to tax return preparers to ensure they have the information they need to protect themselves from cyberattacks and to safeguard taxpayer data.

It found most hacking efforts – 81 percent – used either stolen passwords or accessed weak passwords. The Anti-Phishing Work Group , a not-for-profit industry association focused on eliminating the identity theft and fraud resulting from phishing, reported seeing a significant increase in phishing activities in 2016. The tax community and others with taxpayer data – including human resource departments, small businesses and others – are among those targeted with increasingly sophisticated phishing schemes. WASHINGTON — The IRS today warned tax professionals to increase their computer security and to beware of their inbox – specifically the successful email scams dubbed spear phishing that identify themselves as a friend, customer or company. WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners today began the second year of their “Taxes.

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The IRS protected $3.1 billion in 2018, $6 billion in 2017, $6.4 billion in 2016 and $8.7 billion in 2015. This series builds on and expands on earlier Summit awareness campaigns aimed at tax professionals and taxpayers. In addition, this campaign follows recommendations made by accounting the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee in June, which noted tax professionals “are at increasing risk” of security vulnerability. Software providers shared approximately 20 data elements from tax returns with the IRS and states to help identify possible fraud.

To mark the start of this awareness campaign, the IRS revised Publication 4557, Safeguarding Taxpayer DataPDF, to better reflect the current threats to tax professionals. The guide outlines basic steps tax professionals should take, how to take them and provides details on how to comply with requirements for a data security plan. The IRS also created a new product, Publication 5293, Data Security Resource Guide for Tax ProfessionalsPDF, which highlights a compilation of IRS.gov resources for tax preparers. The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry are committed to working together to fight against tax-related identity theft and to protect taxpayers.

The IRS also strongly urges all tax professionals to sign up for official IRS communications such as e-News for Tax Professionals. Taken together, these “trusted customer” features will help the IRS and states do an even better job of detecting fraudulent returns and protecting taxpayers.

As an effort to strengthen security measures, the IRS and its security summit is calling for the help of all taxpayers, including the help of tax preparers and businesses to help educate clients, friends, family, and employees about these security measures. To start the awareness campaign, the IRS revised Publication 4557, “Safeguarding Taxpayer Data,” to better reflect threats to tax professionals. The guide outlines basic steps tax professionals should take and provides details on how to comply with requirements for a data security plan. The IRS also created Publication 5293, “Data Security Resource Guide for Tax Professionals,” which highlights a compilation of IRS.gov resources for tax preparers.

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As the Summit has increased the tax community’s defenses against identity theft and refund fraud, cybercriminals continue to evolve. Increasingly, they look to data thefts at tax professionals’ offices to obtain large amounts of sensitive taxpayer data. Thieves then use stolen data from tax professionals to create fraudulent returns that are harder to detect. The number one goal of phishing thieves is to monetize their stolen information. As the IRS, states and tax industry have made inroads into tax-related identity theft, criminals need even more information to better impersonate taxpayers.

The thieves used that information to file 2017 tax returns using all the taxpayer real data, including their bank accounts for direct deposit. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen convened the public and private tax administration leaders in 2015 to meet the evolving threat posed by increasingly sophisticated identity thieves, which included national and international criminal syndicates.

This will serve as the early warning system for partners, collecting and analyzing tax-related identity theft schemes. Thanks to leads reported from industry partners, the IRS suspended for further review 36,000 suspicious returns January through May 8, 2016, and $148 million in claimed refunds. This was twice the amount of the same period in 2015 of 15,000 returns claiming $98 million. Had industry not flagged these returns, these returns would have passed through IRS processing filters. New protocols required all individual tax software customers to update their security credentials to a minimum eight-digit password and establish security questions. Starting July 1, 2016, the Security Summit’s efforts will come under the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee .

Author: David Ringstrom