Idaho State Tax Commission

Idaho State Tax Commission

Quick Security Tips for Tax Professionals

tax.idaho.gov/donttakethebait

Protect Yourself!

  • Don't share email passwords.
  • Don't open attachments from suspicious sources.
  • Don't click links from suspicious sources.
  • Do be cautious even with sources that look legitimate.
  • Do forward suspicious emails to phishing@irs.gov.
  • Do alert the IRS if you may have sent private data to an unauthorized party: dataloss@irs.gov.
  • Do alert the Tax Commission if you may have sent private data to an unauthorized party: fraud@tax.idaho.gov.
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Don't take the bait!

Check for weak security on wireless devices
Remote takeovers of practitioners' business network can be devastating. Read more on the IRS website [08-08-2017]
IRS recommends: Don't pay the ransom
Ransomware attacks on increase; tax practitioners have been targeted. Read more on the IRS website [08-01-2017]
Increase in identity theft involving business-related tax returns
Three to five data breaches reported each week. Read more on the IRS website [07-25-2017]
Account takeover tactics detailed
Criminals do their homework, finding personal clues about you online so they can take over your account. Read more on the IRS website [07-18-2017]
Emails appearing to be from trusted source are from criminals
91% of cyberattacks and data breaches begin with a "spear phishing email." Read more on the IRS website [07-12-2017]
Spoofed requests look like they're from organization executive
A dangerous scam targets HR and payroll departments requesting employee information and/or W-2s. Read more on the IRS website [03-28-2017]
Warning for Human Resources and Financial Professionals - New Scam   (04-19-2017)

Protect Your Client, Protect Yourself

The IRS has provided over 30 security awareness tax tips all linked from one page. Read them to protect your client and protect yourself.

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Last updated Aug. 7, 2017