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Train Your Team: Protect Personally Identifiable Information From a Widespread Phishing Scam

Every January 31, employers scramble to meet the deadline for mailing W-2 forms to their employees. This year, a new iteration of an old W-2 phishing scam surfaced immediately thereafter....more

ALERT: Beware of W-2 Scam!

Our Data Privacy and Security team is currently assisting multiple clients in responding to nearly identical fraudulent requests for IRS Form W-2 information. Significantly, these clients are in a number of industries and are...more

Keeping Your Company’s Data Safe This Tax Season

Tax-related identity theft is nothing new, but tax season 2016 took tax schemes to a new level. Last year, our cyber experts advised a large cluster of clients (public and private companies) over a period of only two...more

Protecting Employee Information From W-2 Phishing Scams

The IRS recently provided an update on a growing scam targeting employers. The scam generally operates as follows: criminals devise methods to create emails that appear as though the message has been sent from an...more

A Reminder: The IRS Requires Employers to Obtain Informed Consent to Email W-2s

Unless you reside in a cave (in which case you likely will not be reading this), you are aware that we are moving towards a paperless society. However, assumptions about providing documents electronically can be dangerous,...more

Gone Phishing: IRS Warns Businesses of Tax Season W-2 Phishing Scam

Tax season is upon us, and as millions of people nationwide are preparing to file their tax returns, the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) has issued an urgent warning regarding a recurring e-mail phishing scheme targeting...more

Tax Filing Fraud

Tax returns and W-2s are information rich documents that contain the name and Social Security Number of an employee, as well as information concerning their salary and address, and personal behavior and characteristics (e.g.,...more

IRS Issues Warning of “Dangerous W2 Phishing Scam”

We always see a surge in W2 email phishing schemes this time of year, as it is tax time, and many individuals are filing their tax returns in order to get a quick refund. So are criminals and cyber-hackers. ...more

IRS Issues Warning About W-2 Cyber-Scams, Especially for Schools, Nonprofits and Tribal Organizations

On February 2, 2017, the IRS issued a warning to all employers regarding the resurgence of a W-2 based cyber scam. The scam, which targets the corporate world during tax season, is currently “spreading to other sectors,...more

Client Alert/Reminder: Form W-2 Reporting Due / Disclosure Due to CMS for Medicare Part D

UPCOMING DEADLINES: {1) FORM W-2 REPORTING; AND (2) MEDICARE PART D NOTICES TO CMS - Reminder: Form W-2 Reporting on Aggregate Cost of Employer Sponsored Coverage - Unless subject to an exemption,...more

Employees Expecting Tax Refunds? So Are Your Hackers

With the beginning of the 2016 tax season, employers should be on high alert for the wave of W-2 spear phishing scams coming their way once again this year. Companies that fall victim to this type of scam likely will be faced...more

Safeguarding Your Company from Cyber Tax Crimes - Take Action Now!

As if tax season was not bad enough, the U.S. Internal Revenue Services ("IRS") recently issued an urgent alert warning that cybercriminal phishing scams are utilizing a new, more dangerously effective method for large-scale...more

IRS Warns Schools of Targeted W-2 Phishing Scams

Originally published in the IRS EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits newsletter - February 3, 2017. The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry issued an urgent alert today to all...more

Dangerous W-2 Phishing Scam Evolving; Targeting Schools, Restaurants, Hospitals, Tribal Groups and Others

The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry issued an urgent alert today to all employers that the Form W-2 email phishing scam has evolved beyond the corporate world and is spreading to other...more

It’s Tax Time – Don’t be Phished

It’s that taxing time of the year. Employees have received W-2 forms and the tax filing season has begun in earnest. And, as night follows day, last year’s W-2 spear-phishing scam has returned. The IRS and state tax...more

Information Security and Privacy Group News: Phishing Alert: Employee W-2 Information at Risk

It's happening again. This time last year, there were a substantial number of phishing attacks all over the country targeting employee W-2 information. According to the IRS, phishing and other schemes jeopardizing tax...more

IRS and Others Renew Warnings About Fraudulent Emails Targeting Employee Tax Information

With tax season in full swing, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), state tax agencies, and tax industry groups recently renewed a warning about Form W-2 email spear-phishing scams. ...more

W-2 Phishing Scammers Are Targeting Tech Companies

The W-2 phishing scams are back. Fraudsters have learned that W-2 phishing scams can be highly effective when targeting businesses while they are handling and sending employee income-tax-related documents early in a new year....more

Privacy Tip #71 – It’s Tax Time and the Thieves are Out in Droves

Just when I thought everyone knew about the continued W2 schemes, where phishing emails are used to get company employees’ W2 forms so the thief can file a false tax return and get a refund, several additional clients have...more

IRS Clarification Causes Many Partnerships to Change Compensation Reporting for Partners

A federal tax issue frequently arises when key employees of an operating business are given the opportunity to become equity holders. Despite the well-established rule that partners of a partnership are not permitted to be...more

Employment and Benefits Advisory: 2017 Reminders and Developments

New Relief for Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements - As mentioned in prior advisories, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury have taken the position that employers cannot reimburse...more

Employee Benefits Legislation Proposed (But Not Passed) by the Obama Administration

In February of 2015, the Department of Treasury issued a reported entitled “General Explanation of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2016 Revenue Proposals” (the “General Explanation”). The General Explanation is several...more

Tax Season Is in Full Swing: Beware of the W-2 Spear Phishing Scam

Last year we saw an unprecedented number of companies of all sizes fall victim to a W-2 spear phishing scam. The scam usually began with a “spoofing” email that appeared to have been sent by a company’s CEO or CFO to one or...more

2016 Year-End Tax Update: Okay, Now What?

In last year’s materials, loosely styled “Make America Great Again!,” we ruminated upon (and also thought about) what role, if any, federal income taxes might play in helping to make America great again, once the interminable...more

Payroll Get Ready — Employers Face New January 31st Filing Deadline for W-2 and 1099-MISC Forms

In Depth - Beginning with W-2 forms filed with respect to 2016 wages, a new law requires employers to file the government copy by January 31, 2017, for both paper and electronic copies. The accelerated deadline also...more

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