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Former IRS Employee Reports to Prison for Identity Theft and Fraud

Nakeisha Hall was sentenced in federal district court in August to serve nine years and two months in prison after she plead guilty for crimes she committed while working for the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service. Instead of...more

Privacy Tip #51 – Check Up on Your Tax Preparer’s Data Security Measures

We have written before about the ability of hackers to file false tax returns to get fraudulent refunds by using the IRS website, and how hundreds of thousands of Americans have become victims of tax fraud. The IRS...more

IRS shuts down electronic filing PIN program

Last week, the IRS announced that the electronic filing personal identification number tool (e-file PIN), used by taxpayers to verify their signature on their tax filings, “is no longer available.”...more

IRS Issues New Requirements for IVES Participants

On June 23rd, the IRS dropped a bombshell on the lending industry. As of Midnight on July 1, 2016, many lenders will no longer be able to verify directly borrower income except through snail mail. If the IRS sticks to its...more

Privacy Tip #39 – Be Wary of IRS Phone Scams

Although the IRS has warned taxpayers on multiple occasions about IRS phone scams, consumers continue to be victims. A lucrative scam for years, which according to the IRS, has cost victims more than $26 million since 2013,...more

Government report critiques the IRS’ handling of 2015 data breach

According to a government report publicly released last week, the IRS failed to adequately respond to a May 2015 cyber-attack on its “Get Transcript” application that potentially compromised at least 621,000 taxpayer...more

Milwaukee Bucks become latest victim to w-2 phishing scheme

We have been repeatedly warning our clients and readers about the massive and successful W-2 phishing schemes where hackers impersonate the CEO or CFO and send emails to payroll and/or HR folks in companies requesting W-2...more

FDIC reports five “major” data incidents to Congress

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) reported on Monday, May 16, 2016, that it had experienced five “major incidents” involving the disclosure of taxpayers’ personal information since the last incident we reported...more

Corporate E-Note - April 2016

In an article published by the Birmingham Business Journal in the April 1 print edition, India Vincent provides insights on a series of questions related to cybersecurity, including some best practices to help monitor for and...more

Experian handling 70 breaches a week resulting from IRS phishing scam

On March 1, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service alerted the business community of an e-mail phishing scheme designed to convince employees to provide company-wide W-2 tax forms containing social security numbers and other...more

Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca faces leak of 11 million documents exposing thousands of clients

In late 2014, an anonymous source secretly leaked to a German newspaper reporter nearly four decades of confidential and proprietary data about shell companies registered by the multinational Panamian based law firm Mossack...more

Tidewater Community College hit with phishing scam exposing data of 3,193 employees

Tidewater Community College (Tidewater) has announced that the personal information, including names and Social Security numbers of 3,193 current and former faculty and staff members was compromised in a phishing scheme and...more

Recent Developments in Cybersecurity: The SEC is Preparing Cases against Firms for Lack of Cybersecurity Preparedness and Phishing...

SEC Enforcement - Andrew Ceresney, head of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement confirmed during a panel discussion at the Investment Company Institute’s Mutual Funds and Investment Management Conference in Orlando, Fla.,...more

Privacy Tip #28 – What do you do if you are a victim of IRS tax fraud?

It’s tax season. The dreaded April 15 federal tax filing deadline is looming. You try to be diligent, and you file your tax return early, hoping to get an early refund. But when you try to e-file your return, it gets rejected...more

No April Fool's Joke: New Scam Targeting HR And Payroll

An unfortunate number of employers have recently fallen victim to a phishing scam that tricks them into disclosing highly sensitive employee information to unknown third parties. Make sure to warn your Human Resources and...more

How Employers Can Help Prevent W-2's From Being Breached and Their Employees From Becoming Victims of ID Theft

The Internal Revenue Service issued an alert about an emerging phishing email scheme that purports to be from company executives and requests personal information on employees. The IRS has learned this scheme – part of...more

Beware of the CEO Email Request Phishing Scam: A Different Form of March Madness

Not only is it “March Madness” time, it is also prime tax return filing time. That means that the email scammers are out in full force as well. In the last 10 days, we have seen a marked uptick in what are called...more

Don’t Get Phished! Hackers Pose as CEOs to Steal Tax Information from HR and Payroll Professionals at Healthcare Organizations

Every tax season is plagued with scams to defraud individuals and companies for money from tax returns. However, this year has started off with a bang and this means that the healthcare industry has another reason to worry....more

IRS (Temporarily?) Halts IPPIN Application Process

I have previously written about the IPPIN program that the IRS offers many taxpayers as a way to prevent tax-related identity fraud. Unfortunately, the IRS has halted the application process for now. On its website,...more

Privacy Tip #24 – IRS issues Alert to Payroll and HR Professionals about phishing scheme for W-2s

This week’s tip is for businesses, and in particular, the human resources, benefits and finance departments of all businesses. It doesn’t matter what industry you are in or where you or located. It doesn’t matter if you have...more

IRS approved tax preparers fail to protect consumers’ privacy and IRS increases the number of individuals affected by filing of...

In a report of an audit of 13 IRS approved tax filing firms, Online Trust Alliance found that six of the 13 firms do not provide adequate security against cyberintrusions. The firms, all members of the IRS’s Free File...more

Tax Relief for Identity Protection Services

In 2015, following numerous customer data security breaches at major U.S. companies, the IRS announced special tax relief to breach victims who were provided identity protection services as a result of the breach. In January...more

UVA notifies employees of illegal access to human resources information through phishing scheme

The University of Virginia (UVA) has notified approximately 1,400 of its employees that unauthorized individuals were able to access its HR system and the personal information of 1,400 employees of the Academic Division. The...more

Tax season may bring more breaches; new victim, TaxAct

This tax season, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been working closely with big tax preparation vendors and chains to improve the security this year and safeguard against widespread identity theft. The IRS is now...more

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy: Belated Holiday Gift - The IRS Doubles Down on Tax Free Identity Protection Services (1/16)

Following several high-profile breaches of business and government databases affecting the personal information of millions of Americans (including the IRS’s "Get Transcript" app) many businesses, governmental agencies and...more

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