Tax Commission News Release
Better Business Bureau, Idaho State Tax Commission, and IRS Join Forces to Highlight Information Security in Advance of Holidays, Filing Season
Announce National Tax Security Awareness Week, Nov. 27- Dec. 1
BOISE, IDAHO – Nov. 27, 2017 – The Better Business Bureau, Idaho State Tax Commission and Internal Revenue Service, along with other national and statewide organizations, are partnering to encourage both individual and business taxpayers to take additional steps to protect their tax data and identities in advance of the holidays and the 2018 tax filing season.
“As you’re doing your holiday shopping – whether you’re at home on your laptop or using the wi-fi at the local mall – we urge you to take steps to protect your financial and tax data, and to be on the lookout for scammers,” said Emily Valla, senior marketplace director with the Better Business Bureau.
“The information you share on these holiday transactions could be stolen and used by identity thieves to help them try filing a fraudulent tax return,” said Karen Connelly, IRS spokesperson. “Recent data breaches may make this information even more appealing to cybercriminals. But we want to remind you there are some simple steps to help protect yourself.”
The Better Business Bureau, Idaho State Tax Commission and IRS are joining forces to announce National Tax Security Awareness Week. Starting Monday, Nov. 27, the event will focus daily on one issue that poses a threat to individuals and businesses, and offer steps they may take to better protect themselves from cybercriminals.
“Right now tax professionals, employers, and small businesses are the main targets for data thieves looking to steal client and employee information,” said Doreen Warren, public information director with the Idaho State Tax Commission.
National Tax Security Awareness Week will focus on the following topics:
- Online security
- Recognizing phishing scams
- Data breaches
- W-2 email scam
- Small businesses
The Better Business Bureau, Idaho State Tax Commission and IRS urge tax professionals, businesses and others to join with them in sharing the security information through organizations, customers and partners.
To learn more, see the Security Summit webpage on IRS.gov.
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