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Brussels Regulatory Brief: March 2018

by K&L Gates LLP on

Antitrust and Competition - Another transaction in the technology sector referred to the European Commission for its review - The European Commission (“Commission”) is yet again set to review a transaction in the technology...more

Beware this year's taxpayer refund scams and data breaches: 8 steps recommended by the IRS

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The IRS recently released a statement regarding emerging scams that are cropping up this tax season. Besides phone-based scams targeting individuals, thieves are also stealing client data from tax accountants and using it...more

Employers Take Note: Tax Season Phishing Scams on the Rise

by Fisher Phillips on

It is tax season once again, and with it comes an increased threat of phishing scams targeting human resources and payroll personnel. In 2016, the IRS alerted employers to a then-emerging email phishing scheme in which...more

2018 Tax (Fraud) Season: IRS Warns Tax Professionals, Employers About New and Old Phishing Scams

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Tax season is here, which means tax fraud season is here, too. This year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning tax practitioners about a new phishing scam targeted at them and reminding all employers about...more

Privacy Perils: The Least Wonderful Time of the Year

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

January 29 was the first day that tax returns could be filed for tax year 2017. The IRS expects approximately 90% of returns this year to be filed electronically, and overall 70% of taxpayers should receive a tax refund,...more

Privacy Tip #123 – Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week

Who knew—but yes, next week is Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. How sad is it that we have to have a week devoted to education and awareness on this topic? ...more

Now is the Busy Season for Cyber Criminals Posing as Executives to Obtain W-2s

It’s the start of tax season, and many employers are sending W-2 forms to employees so they can get ready to file their tax returns. As was true over the past few years, this is not only the busy season for tax preparers,...more

It’s Tax Time – Alert Your HR and Payroll Teams About W2 Phishing Scams

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Last February, the IRS issued a warning to all employers regarding the resurgence of a W-2 based cyber scam. The scam, which targets businesses during tax season, was also “spreading to other sectors, including school...more

Celebrate National Tax Security Awareness Week!

by Snell & Wilmer on

While it may be better known as “Cyber Monday”, today also marks the start of the second annual National Tax Security Awareness Week (November 27 to December 1). The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax...more

IRS Takes Measures To Curb Business Identity Theft

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The IRS is putting an increased emphasis on identity theft protections for business returns as a result of an increase in fraudulent business tax returns in recent years. The IRS will be asking tax professionals to gather...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: October

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 6 September 2017, the Court of Justice, the European Union (“EU”)’s highest court, issued its much awaited decision in a case of abuse of dominance by a US microchip manufacturer using exclusivity or loyalty rebates, i.e....more

Another Bumpy Week for Equifax: Virus Hits Website, IRS Suspends Contract and Hacked UK Residents Notified

It was another chaotic week for Equifax Inc., still scrambling to stem the torrent of bad news after its massive data breach last month that has potentially affected more than half of the U.S.’s adult population....more

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

IRS Issues Urgent Warning to Beware IRS FBI Themed Ransomware Scam

The Internal Revenue Service today warned people to avoid a new phishing scheme that impersonates the IRS and the FBI as part of a ransomware scam to take computer data hostage....more

Federal Tax Treatment of Employer-Provided Identity Protection Services

In the wake of several recent high-profile security breaches, employers are increasingly viewing identity theft protection as an essential employee benefit for employees. According to Willis Towers Watson’s 2016 voluntary...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

Littler Global Guide - Philippines - Q1 2017

by Littler on

Persons With Disabilities May Now Be Declared as Dependents for Tax Purposes - Enacted Legislation - Republic Act No. 10754, enacted on March 23, 2016 and effective on December 23, 2016, expanded the benefits of...more

Eight Thousand Clients Affected by Data Breach at Two Massachusetts Accounting Firms

Two Massachusetts accounting firms separately recently notified the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General and the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation of data breach incidents at their firms, resulting in...more

Virginia Amends Breach Notification Law

by McGuireWoods LLP on

As previously reported, the significant rise in Form W-2 phishing e-mails has prompted increased awareness surrounding these fraudulent tax schemes. Most recently, Virginia has responded to these types of attacks by amending...more

IRS to Notify 100,000 Taxpayers That Their Information May Have Been Obtained Through Misuse of FAFSA Retrieval Tool

On Thursday, Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) Commissioner John Koskinen testified that the personal data of up to a 100,000 taxpayers could have been compromised as a result of criminal use of the Free Application for...more

IRS is Hacked, Again!

The New York Times reported yesterday that identity thieves may have compromised up to 100,000 U.S. taxpayer accounts. The criminals apparently took advantage of a software tool that loaded information from tax returns onto...more

FAFSA Data Retrieval Tool Remains Down Over Security Concerns

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Federal Student Aid (FSA) announced that the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) on and will be unavailable until extra security protections could be added....more

Treasury Inspector General Slams IRS for Lack of Strategy Following 2015 Data Breach

In a scathing report published on March 27, 2017, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration blasted the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) following its analysis of the IRS’ steps following a data breach in 2015 that...more

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