I hope all is well with you!
Please see above attached IRS news release, “IRS, Partners warn Tax Preparers of Data Theft Risks; Launch New Campaign to Increase Awareness”, and IRS Fact Sheet, “Tax Professionals: Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself from Identity Theft:
“Leaders from the Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and tax preparation community today warned tax preparers that they increasingly are targets of cybercriminals and should take appropriate steps to protect clients from data theft IRS also posted new information to help tax professionals get started with safeguards to protect clients’ data. It’s the first in a series of fact sheets and tips on security, scams and identity theft prevention measures aimed at tax professionals. The, ‘Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself’ campaign will run through the start of the 2017 filing season.”
Please share this information with your practitioner organization members and professional colleagues, etc. (and if you do share this information, please let me know how you shared it. We are trying to determine the most preferred and effective ways of getting this important information to the people that need this information). Thank you!
Jennifer Henrie-Brown, ID #1000247447
Stakeholder Liaison Specialist
Communications Stakeholder Outreach
Work cell phone: 510-926-0175