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IRS Issues Revised Guide To Safeguarding Taxpayer Info

by Glen Shapiro, Tax-News.com, New York

21 September 2016


The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has revised and replaced the previous edition of its Publication 4600, Safeguarding Taxpayer Information Quick Reference Guide for Businesses, which was published back in October 2008.

The purpose of the publication is to provide quick reference tips on requirements to safeguard taxpayer information, safeguarding techniques, and data security incidents, as are also given in detail in IRS's Publication 4557, Safeguarding Taxpayer Data, A Guide for Your Business.

Publication 4600, which has been changed from a tri-fold publication to a one-page, front and back, publication, as suggested by the agency's e-file industry partners, outlines the steps necessary to protect taxpayer information and to build customer confidence and trust, together with a breakdown of the privacy rules and regulations to which businesses have to adhere.

In 2015, the IRS initiated the Security Summit that links the other major players in the tax industry – tax return preparers, software providers, and state tax agencies – so as to increase the cooperation in place to fight identity thieves. It is noted that tax preparers are critical players in this partnership, and, because of the taxpayer information they store, increasingly a target for data theft.

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