DATA SECURITY ISSUES? THE IRS TO THE RESCUE

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Only a few things are guaranteed in life: death, taxes and identify theft? The Internal Revenue Service Jan. 11 is adding to the axiom after releasing part one of a six part YouTube video that offers tips protecting against identify theft.

In coordination with the “Taxes. Security. Together.” campaign, the IRS teamed up with state revenue departments to educate taxpayers on the proper way to prevent identity theft. According to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, the campaign is part of “major new procedures to protect taxpayers.” 

The IRS’s identify theft tips may fall on deaf ears for millennials but are highlighted by the following common sense data security practices:

 

  • Connecticut Commissioner for Revenue Services Kevin Sullivan’s tip to have virus protection software;
  • Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finances Nonie Manion’s charge to not open e-mails that are “too good to be true”;
  • Alabama Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee’s warning that not all websites are secure and to only visit websites with an HTTPS address; and
  • Vermont Commission of Taxes Mary Peterson’s heed to monitor all Web accounts for activity that is out of the ordinary.

 

In the spring of 2015, more than 100,000 individual’s tax returns were hacked from IRS systems. The IRS has been responsive with release of various cyber securities measures, such as giving tax relief to employers who provide identity-protection services. 

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