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Tax Preparer Security Awareness

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:

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.
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