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IRS warns of new wave of attacks focused on tax professionals

Thursday, September 15, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chris Fritz
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The Internal Revenue Service is warning tax professionals of a new wave of attacks that allow identity thieves to file fraudulent tax returns by remotely taking over practitioners’ computers. The IRS is aware of approximately two dozen cases where tax professionals have been victimized in recent days. The attacks come as the Oct. 17 deadline approaches for extension filers.

As part of its Security Summit effort, the IRS urges tax professionals to review their tax preparation software settings and immediately enact all security measures, especially those settings that require usernames and passwords to access the products. Thieves are able to access tax professionals’ computers and use remote technology to take control, accessing client data and completing and e-filing tax returns but directing refunds to their own accounts.

In addition to activating security measures for tax software products, the IRS urges all tax preparers to take several additional steps listed in this Sept. 2 news release.


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