National Tax Security Awareness Week begins Nov. 27
DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Revenue (IDR) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS), 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 are doing your holiday shopping – whether you are 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 John Fuller, public information officer at the Iowa Department of Revenue.
“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,” Fuller said. “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.”
National Tax Security Awareness Week, which begins today, will focus on issues that pose a threat to individuals and businesses, and offer steps they may take to better protect themselves from cybercriminals.
During National Tax Security Awareness Week, people will learn about the basic steps necessary to protect themselves and their tax data online, such as using security software, strong passwords and data encryption. They will learn what steps they should take if they are a data breach victim, such as placing a freeze on their credit accounts and the signs of tax-related identity theft.
They will learn how cybercriminals use phishing emails to bait them into disclosing information. Employers will be warned about the dangerous W-2 scam that has made identity theft victims of thousands of employees. Finally, Summit partners will remind small businesses that they too are subject to identity theft and should take steps to protect themselves.
The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry came together in 2015 to join forces in their fight against tax-related identity theft. Learn more about their efforts and their progress at Security Summit on IRS.gov. and about the “Taxes. Security. Together” awareness campaign to increase public awareness about people’s role in protecting their own data.
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