Updated: Nov 29, 2021
The 6th Annual National Tax Security Awareness Week takes place from November 29–December 3, 2021. Sponsored by a coalition of the IRS, the states and the nation's tax community, the upcoming week focuses on how taxpayers can protect their sensitive information from hackers and thieves.
We here at Mattson Gleason CPAs Ltd want to warn our clients, families and friends about how con-artists trick internet users into sharing sensitive personal information online. Hackers can use that information to steal refunds and file fraudulent tax returns.
We will be sharing via this blog, a week-long series of educational materials to help protect individuals, businesses and tax pros from identity theft. These materials come from the Security Summit. Additional information is available at Scam risks remain during pandemic; Security Summit focuses special week on taxpayer, tax professional protection against identity theft | Internal Revenue Service (irs.gov)
As part of the larger effort, the IRS and Security Summit partners are sharing YouTube videos on security steps for taxpayers. The videos can be viewed or downloaded at Easy Steps to Protect Your Computer and Phone and Security Measures Help Protect Against Tax-Related Identity Theft.
Here is a recap of the materials to come during National Tax Security Awareness Week:
Day 1 – Cyber Monday: Protect personal and financial information online
Day 2 – Giving Tuesday: Beware of scammers using fake charities
Day 3 – Get an Identity Protection PIN
Day 4 - Tax professionals should review their security protocols
Day 5 – Businesses should implement safeguards; watch out for tax-related scams
Mark S Gleason, CPA