The 2nd Annual National Tax Security Awareness Week Begins Monday, November 27th. Here’s what you need to know.

The IRS has joined with representatives of the software industry, tax preparation firms, payroll and tax financial product processors and state tax administrators to combat identity theft refund fraud to protect the nation’s taxpayers.  National Tax Security Awareness Week is part of the IRS’ Security Summit initiative 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.

Starting today, National Tax Security Awareness Week will focus daily on one issue that poses a threat to individuals and businesses and offer steps they may take to better protect themselves from cyber-criminals.

The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry, and other partners in the Security Summit, have enacted a series of defenses in recent years that have made significant inroads into tax-related identity theft. 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.  Increasing public awareness about people’s role in protecting their own data is a critical part of the Security Summit efforts.

All taxpayers are encouraged to follow the Security Summit’s daily releases at the IRS Website here, as well as review the resources available under their webpage and under previous campaigns:

Barnes Dennig will continue track the Security Summit’s campaigns and will provide a recap of the week’s releases.  If you have any questions about resources available to all taxpayers in this area, or would like to discuss ways to strengthen the security of you or your organizations tax and financial information, please contact a Barnes Dennig representative here.