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Preventing Identity Theft is a Team Endeavor

As we approach another tax season, criminals continue “hacking” millions of individual tax returns.

In fact, several of our clients personally experienced the increase in IRS-related identity theft this year. The problem seems so universal that if you weren’t a victim, you probably know someone who was.

The IRS eventually restores your identity in its records, but if you waited for a refund because someone already filed with your Social Security number—or your honestly-filed return required extra IRS scrutiny—you know the hassle many Americans experience.

We shared in a previous blog that the IRS, State Departments of Revenue, and professionals from the tax industry collaborated to combat fraud.  Now, this team asks for your help as well.

A new campaign, “Taxes. Security. Together.” aims to raise awareness of protecting your identity, especially online.

The IRS will release a series of video tips throughout the holiday shopping season. Click here to view the first installment. Use these tips as common-sense reminders we mostly know—but sometimes overlook—as we increasingly do more business on mobile devices.

As we protect ourselves, the summit group (IRS, states, and accounting industry) is developing additional safeguards to ensure we’re safer during next tax season.

Get an IP PIN if it’s available to you. You can also visit the IRS’ Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

At Patrick & Robinson CPAs, we ask our clients to use an encrypted method of transfer (just contact us to enable it) when sending sensitive information or documents.

Our tax accountant team is concerned for your safety and continually monitors new security efforts in the tax industry. Contact us for help when preparing your next return:  Office@CPAsite.com or (904) 396-5400.

And be safe out there!

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