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Equifax Breach: What Can the Hackers Do with Your Information and How Can You Protect Yourself?

by Bowditch & Dewey on

The Equifax breach is not the biggest in terms of the number of people affected (the 2016 Yahoo breach compromised data associated with over 500 million user accounts compared to the 143 million people affected by the Equifax...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 24

by Clark Hill PLC on

Hurricane Harvey Could be the Most Expensive Natural Disaster in US History: Republican House members from Texas and Louisiana are pressing congressional leaders and top Trump administration officials for immediate federal...more

FTC Settles GLBA Enforcement Action Against TaxSlayer Stemming From 2015 Data Breach

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) this week announced a consent order with TaxSlayer, LLC, an online tax preparation services provider, to settle claims that the company violated the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) Safeguards...more

Business, Partnership and Estate and Trust Tax Returns and Identity Theft

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

In Fact Sheet 2017-10 issued by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) on July 25, 2017, “Information on Identity Theft for Business, Partnerships and Estate and Trusts”, the IRS points out that business, partnerships and...more

Connecticut Will Make You Disclose Personal Customer Data!

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) recently issued demand letters to many remote sellers requiring that they either: (a) provide electronic sales records for all individual sales shipped to a Connecticut...more

Stolen Tax Returns? Virginia Seeks a Solution.

Did someone steal your tax return? You are not alone. Indeed, the rise in tax-related identity theft has been well documented. In 2015, the FTC reported a 50% increase in identity theft complaints. A primary cause for...more

Employees Expecting Tax Refunds? So Are Your Hackers

by King & Spalding on

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

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

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

IRS Warns Tax Professionals to Be Alert About New Email Scam As 2016 Filing Season Begins

by Dickinson Wright on

The Internal Revenue Service has warned tax professionals, as the 2016 filing season begins, to be alert to a new email scam by cybercriminals posing as clients soliciting their services. The scam is a variation of a...more

D.C. District Court Dismisses Cybersecurity Suit Against The IRS

by King & Spalding on

On November 2, 2016, Judge Rosemary Collyer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a class action cybersecurity lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) for lack of standing and failure...more

IRS Issues New Requirements for IVES Participants

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

FCC Chairman Previews Proposed Regulations for Implementing New TCPA Exemptions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A recent letter from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler describes the regulations being considered by the FCC for implementing new Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) exemptions for calls made...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

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

by King & Spalding on

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

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

Best Practices for Handling Vehicle Event Data Recorders

by Bryan Cave on

Event data recorders, also known as “black boxes” or “sensing diagnostic modules,” capture information such as the speed of a vehicle and the use of a safety belt. In the event of a collision this information can be used to...more

Regional Income Tax Authority in Ohio loses info on 50,000 people

The Regional Income Tax Agency of Ohio (RITA) announced on December 31, 2015, that it lost the personal data of approximately 50,000 individuals who filed tax forms with the agency in November. RITA provides tax collection...more

IRS provides tax relief for pre-breach identity protection services

The IRS released a bulletin on December 30, 2015, (Announcement 2016-02) announcing that it would extend the tax exemption issued in August to organizations who provide credit monitoring to its employees following a data...more

An Ounce of Prevention…Is Tax-Free: IRS Expands Tax Relief to Pre-Data Breach Identity Theft Protection Services

As reported here after last year’s customer data security breaches at major U.S. corporations, the IRS announced special tax relief for identity protection services provided to individuals affected by a security breach. In...more

The Tax Man Cometh Not to ID Protection Recipients Either

by Bryan Cave on

Late last year, while you were probably busy picking out which bubbly to pop at the stroke of midnight, the IRS gave us another reason to celebrate. You may remember (as we wrote previously) the IRS said it would not require...more

IRS says taxpayers can’t sue it for data breach

The Internal Revenue Service recently requested a federal judge in the D.C. Circuit to dismiss a putative class action suit by taxpayers against the IRS for a data breach earlier this year that affected over 330,000...more

What is public can still be ‘private’: European Court of Human Rights halts journalists from re-publishing Finnish citizens’...

by Reed Smith on

In a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (“ECHR”) handed down in July 2015, the right to respect for individuals’ privacy balance trumped journalists’ right to freedom of expression....more

Senate Legislation Seeks To Protect Taxpayer Data In Response To IRS Data Breach

by King & Spalding on

On September 11, 2015, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced a bill aimed at combating identity theft and tax rebate fraud. The legislation comes as the Internal...more

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