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:
- Email Phishing Scam Awareness
- Ways to Create Better and Stronger Passwords
- Preparer Awareness of their risk of data theft attacks
- Preparer Security Obligations – IRS News Releases
For additional information see the following on the IRS website: