IRS Protecting Personal Data on Tax Returns

By | November 23, 2015


The campaign, which will continue beyond the period of April tax filing, was announced today at an event sponsored by the Federation of Tax Administrators event, made by state tax agencies nationwide. The effort is part of the Security Summit, a collaborative effort initiated in March between states, the IRS and the tax industry.

The coordinated campaign to the consumer contains several components, including YouTube videos, weekly tax tips easily accessible to consumers and local events around the country. Various IRS publications have been added or updated to help taxpayers and tax professionals. Information through, state websites and platforms used by the programming community and other taxes in the tax community will also be shared.


IRS Protecting Personal Data on Tax Returns

“Governments and industry are taking new measures to protect taxpayers To reinforce this further, we are joining forces to share important information through our websites -. Either at the state level, in the tax industry or IRS. This is an unprecedented collaborative effort to tax administration, “said David Sullivan, tax administrator for the tax division of Rhode Island and the former President of the Federation of Tax Administrators.

Clearly, thieves increasingly sophisticated identity have access to a vast amount of personal and financial data, who buy and sell on the black market, and use this data to file fraudulent tax returns using the names and Social Security numbers of the victims. Although the IRS, tax states and industry are taking new measures to strengthen their protection systems to taxpayers, there are things that people can do.

“People cope with some of its most sensitive prepare your taxes on your home computer and personal financial data. But when they sit down, we want to help cerciorar who are preparing their taxes in an apparatus that is safe. Tax season is two months but is not too early for people to ensure they are doing the right things to protect themselves, “said Bernie McKay, executive vice president of Intuit, one of more than 20 members of the tax industry participating in the Summit process.


The IRS, states and industry taxes are urging the public to take active steps to protect themselves.

  • Use security program to protect computers. This includes antivirus and “firewall” protection. If the tax or sensitive data stored in computers, encrypt files. Use strong passwords.
  • Beware of phishing emails and telephone scams. A common way that identity thieves steal names and Social Security numbers, passwords, credit card numbers, and bank account information is simply requesting the same. Offenders are presented as suspicious organizations trust that you recognize and send spam emails, make calls or send text messages. Your emails can ask update a bank account or a tax program and provide a link to a fake website designed to steal your information only at the beginning of the session. They can call posing as the IRS threatening with lawsuits or imprisonment unless you make an immediate payment. It can provide an annex that if you download it, infect your machine and allow the thief to access confidential files or continue its use keyboard.
  • Protect personal information. Do not charge routinely get their Social Security number.Properly dispose of old statements and other shredding sensitive documents before throwing them away. Check your credit reports and accounts of the Social Security Administration at least annually to ensure that no one is using your good credit or using your SSN for employment.Share too much on social media also provides identity thieves even more personal details.

“These are all basic measures, common sense has certainly heard many times if you are a regular user of the Internet. But there are 150 million households that have taxes, problems still occur.Programming safety is still disabled. And there are still daily victims are tricked by these phishing schemes suspicious. This can not only hurt the targeted individuals, this can have a direct impact on the tax administration, “Koskinen said.

The partners are asking all tax preparers and companies to share information with employees, customers and users. See for more information.There is also the Publication 4524 , security awareness for taxpayers (in English), which provides a brief description of the measures that taxpayers can take.

In March, Koskinen called an unprecedented meeting between the IRS, state tax officials and tax industry to determine what further action might be taken. On October 20, the participants of the Security Summit provided an update to the public.

For the 2016 tax season, there will be new rules for accessing all tax software products such as minimum requirements for passwords, security questions and new standard features blockade. The software industry will provide more than 20 additional data elements of the presentation of the tax return to the IRS and in turn, to the states to help identify fraudulent claims. All participants agreed to share information on a weekly basis to help quickly identify fraud schemes related to new and emerging tax and adjustments.

The IRS also continues to work to help victims of identity theft and pursue criminals who use identity information to file fraudulent tax returns. The Criminal Investigation Division IRS has worked on thousands of cases of identity theft. Since 2013, nearly 2,000 identity thieves have been convicted, with an average sentence of more than three years.