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
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. 2news release.