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Nearly Two-Thirds of IRS Hardware is Too Old

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) recently audited the Sustaining Infrastructure Program of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and found that, since 2013, the percentage of information technology hardware the IRS is using that is beyond its useful life has increased from 40% to its current rate of 64%. Aged hardware is more likely to fail, negatively impacting employee productivity, information security, and customer service.

Fake Scams Already Surfacing While Hurricane Harvey Hits Houston

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a warning about possible fake charity scams related to the effects of Hurricane Harvey. Taxpayers should be sure the charities they want to support are recognized by the government to accept donations. Don't let your compassion get the best of you - be careful who you send your money and information. The IRS offers the following tips to help you protect your interests while also supporting causes you care about:

Bitcoin Users Beware - The IRS May Know Your Identity

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has just obtained specialized software for identifying users of bitcoins and other virtual currency. According to a work contract obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by The Daily Beast, the IRS hopes to use this software "to identify and obtain evidence on individuals using bitcoin to either laundry money or conceal income as part of tax fraud or other Federal crimes."

New Scam Targets Professionals' Tax Software Passwords, Security Summit Warns

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued a warning to tax professionals to be alert to a new e-mail scam that impersonates tax software providers and attempts to steal usernames and passwords.  Recipients of these e-mails are told that, due to a recent software upgrade, the tax preparer must revalidate their login credentials. It provides a link to a fictitious website that mirrors the software provider's actual login page. However, instead of upgrading software, the tax professionals are providing their information to cybercriminals who use the stolen credentials to access the preparers' accounts and steal client information.

Security Summit to Tax Professionals: Stay Vigilant

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), as part of the Security Summit, is urging tax professionals to stay vigilant with regard to a variety of e-mail scams and "spear phishing" that aim to steal personal information about clients and companies.  Between January and May 2017, some 177 tax professionals or firms reported data thefts involving thousands of clients' information.

New Two-Stage E-mail Scam Targets Tax Professionals

The IRS Security Summit issued a warning to tax professionals about a new e-mail scam by cybercriminals posing as potential clients. Scammers are sending phishing e-mails in two parts, beginning with a standard solicitation for services followed by a second email with an embedded web address or PDF attachment with an embedded web address. When the tax professional thinks they are accessing a new client's tax information, in reality they are opening up their system for the scammer to collect personal information for illegitimate use.

New Tool Allows Federal Taxpayers to Access Account Information Online

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) launched a new, web-based tool to assist taxpayers with simple balance inquiries. The new feature is one part of the IRS' plans to build a wider platform for taxpayers to more quickly and securely access various aspects of their account information online. A rigorous identity authentication process is required for all new users of this tool.

Important Update for IRS e-Services Users

Beginning October 24, 2016, the IRS will be strengthening the identity authentication process of its e-services platform. If you currently use any IRS e-services, you must re-register and validate your identity to continue having access to any e-services products. This will involve a Secure Access process to validate your identity, which includes identity proofing, financial verification and mobile phone verification. For details, click here: Important Update for Your e-services Account.

Beware! Scammers Send Fake IRS E-Mail Messages to Taxpayers

Taxpayers and tax professionals across the U.S. are being targeted by yet another scam.  The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners recently issued a warning regarding fake e-mails purporting to contain an IRS tax bill related to the Affordable Care Act.  The scam has already been reported to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration for investigation.

New Security Summit Video Warns of Cybercriminal Threats

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released a YouTube video for tax professionals to learn about the increase in cybercriminal activity targeting tax-related businesses and their data, and steps professional can take to protect their clients from identity theft. This video is part of the ongoing Secuirty Summit efforts to educate the public and professionals about the recent growth in refund fraud, phishing, and other tax scams. To learn more, watch the YouTube video here.

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