Tax Scams

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The IRS warns tax professionals about a wave of attacks where identity thieves remotely take over their computers and even file fraudulent tax returns.
The attacks mainly occur when hackers get into tax software on the computers of tax preparers and change information about their clients. This means refunds get directed to the hackers instead of the proper taxpayer.
IRS investigators believe the attacks are happening as the October 17th deadline approaches for extension filers, the same way similar attacks happen just before the April 15th deadline.
The IRS suggests preparers should educate all their staff members about phishing scams, scan for viruses and malware, and change passwords to a minimum of 8 digits with a mix of letters and numbers.
There are also steps you can take to protect yourself.
“The average citizen should be concerned about identity theft and be vigilant on all fronts. Protect your identity, protect your children's identity, your birth date, your social security number, and your name are the most important things to protect.” - Sandy Sowder, liberty tax
Sowder suggests checking your credit regularly and even having a credit monitoring service.