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Recent Tax Updates

2021 National Cyber Security Awareness Tips

As the 2022 filing season approaches, the IRS, states, and tax industry are warning taxpayers and tax preparers to remain vigilant due to the constantly evolving threats and scams from fraudsters. These ever-evolving threats and scams can mimic the IRS and others in the tax community with fake emails, texts, and online scams. They can lurk underneath COVID-related messages, stimulus payments, or tax refunds. And they are frequently using recent tragedies or charitable groups to trick people into sharing their sensitive financial data.

National Cyber Security Awareness Week

As part of their awareness effort, the IRS held their 6th Annual National Security Awareness Week between November 29 and December 3, 2021. The goal of this awareness effort was 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 taxpayers and tax preparers can protect themselves from identity thieves:

National Cyber Security Awareness Toolkits

The 2021 National Security Awareness Week page on the IRS website also offers the following resources and information:

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

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

Mark Castro, CPA

Mark Castro, CPA

Mark has been with CrossLink Professional Tax Solutions (CPTS) since 2008, but has been in the tax industry since 1990. As the government/tax industry liaison for CPTS, Mark has been very active in working with the IRS, States, and other tax industry members to help improve communications, promote standardization, and simplification of eFile systems. Mark has also been active with industry associations as a board member of the National Association of Computerized Processors (NACTP) and the Council of Electronic Revenue Communication Advancement (CERCA) for many years. These two associations work with the IRS and States to help solve key eFile and electronic tax system issues and work to improve the operations of the State and IRS eFile systems.

Recent Tax Updates

2024 IRS Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

The IRS has released its annual Dirty Dozen list of tax scams for 2024. This list serves as a warning to taxpayers and tax preparers about various schemes, abusive tax transactions, and tax avoidance strategies. It aims to raise awareness and prevent individuals from falling victim to fraudulent practices. Below are some of the most relevant scams highlighted by the IRS this year:

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2024 Federal Filing Deadline and Extensions for Tax Year 2023

This guide simplifies the federal filing deadlines for 2023, including extensions for disaster-affected areas, IRA contributions, and health savings account contributions. Whether you’re filing for yourself or advising clients, this article provides a clear roadmap for meeting tax obligations in 2024.

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Safeguarding Tax Professionals: Watch Out for Tax Season Scams

In today’s digital era, tax professionals are prime targets for cybercriminals. With sophisticated schemes lurking around every corner, it’s crucial for tax experts to stay alert and informed about the latest threats in their field.
Read now to learn about three prevalent scams that tax professionals should be wary of.

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