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!

Insurance form scam
Criminals spoof tax pros, contact clients, and send them to fake insurance sign-up. Read more on the IRS website [10-12-2017]
IRS warns: New e-Services scam
Tries to trick tax pros into "signing" a new e-Services user agreement. Read more on the IRS website [10-11-2017]
Breach or theft? Do this fast
A quick response by tax practitioners can help avert problems. What to do. Read more on the IRS website [09-12-2017]
The security 90/10 rule
Great checklist for you, your employees, and even to share with your clients. Read more on the IRS website [09-05-2017]
Free from the IRS and NIST
Handbooks walk you through real-life checklists so you and your clients can be more secure. Read more on the IRS website [08-29-2017]
Criminals trying for your EFIN
"For tax professionals working with the IRS, protecting these account numbers is critical." Read more on the IRS website [08-22-2017]
Payroll, financial, and HR employees targeted
National and international organized crime behind many of these scams. Read more on the IRS website [08-15-2017]
Warning for Human Resources and Financial Professionals - New Scam   (04-19-2017)
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 Oct. 13, 2017