The second annual National Tax Security Awareness Week happened in late November 2017. This event is part of the Security Summit, part of an ongoing collaborative effort to combat tax-related identity theft. The IRS, state tax agencies, the tax industry, and groups came together to encourage people to protect their tax data and identities. Criminals are always working hard to obtain people’s personal data. With the number of data breaches at record levels, these are issues that pose a threat to individuals and businesses. And their new target – taxes and tax returns. Here are a few simple steps taxpayers can take to protect themselves from cybercriminals.
This past week Houstonians cleaned up after Hurricane Harvey and Floridians braced for the cleanup to come with Hurricane Irma. Meanwhile, consumer credit reporting agency Equifax dealt with a cleanup of hurricane proportions as well. More than 143 million social security numbers, along with other personal data, were compromised in the midst of major data breach.