Tax Scam Targeting Tax Professionals 

by Susan C. Allen, CPA/CITP, CGMA - Lead Technical Manager, Tax Practice & Ethics 
Published April 25, 2016

Unfortunately, it seems every single day fraudsters create another scam to cheat taxpayers and/or preparers. On April 15, the IRS warned tax professionals of yet another scam in which cybercriminals obtain remote control of preparers’ computer systems, complete and file client tax returns, and redirect refunds to thieves’ accounts. The IRS urged all tax preparers to do the following: (1) run a security “deep scan” to search for viruses and malware; (2) strengthen passwords for both computer access and software access; (3) make sure your password is a minimum of eight digits (more is better) with a mix of numbers, letters, and special characters; (4) be alert for phishing scams: do not click on links or open attachments from unknown senders; (5) educate all staff members about the dangers of phishing scams in the form of emails, texts, and calls; and (6) review any software that your employees use to remotely access your network and/or your IT support vendor uses to remotely troubleshoot technical problems and support your systems.

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