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US Security Summit Undertaking 'Taxpayer Awareness Week'

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

20 November 2017

The Internal Revenue Service will join forces with state tax agencies and the tax industry to hold a second annual National Tax Security Awareness Week.

Starting November 27, the initiative is intended to encourage both individual and business taxpayers to take additional steps to protect their tax data and identities, in advance of the 2018 filing season.

The IRS, state tax agencies, and the tax industry – each partners to the Security Summit initiative – will focus on a different issue each day of the Awareness Week, covering issues that pose a threat to individuals and businesses and offering steps taxpayers can take to better protect themselves from cybercriminals.

"While the Summit partners continue to improve defenses, they also recognize that they need help from taxpayers, tax preparers and businesses to continue progress against identity theft," said the IRS.

A series of over 20 events will be held by Summit partners and other consumer, business, and community groups in order to raise awareness. "This is especially timely as the holiday season brings out not only online shoppers but online thieves seeking to trick people into disclosing sensitive information that could be used to help file fraudulent tax returns," said the IRS.

The Awareness Week will focus on the necessary steps taxpayers must take to protect themselves and their tax data online, such as using security software, strong passwords, and data encryption. It will discuss how cybercriminals use phishing emails to bait taxpayers into disclosing information. Employers will also be warned about the dangerous W-2 scam that has resulted in thousands of employees becoming the victim of identity theft.

TAGS: individuals | tax | business | employees | United States | Tax

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