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As tax and accounting professionals you are responsible for information that, if compromised, can threaten the identity and financial security of your clients, your firm and staff, third parties and more. Several "phishing" schemes aimed specifically at tax professional are gaining momentum. The following resources are available to help you stay informed about these potential threats and how you can protect yourself.  

Resources for protecting yourself and your clients

Phishing Schemes: An Accelerating Threat for Accounting Firms (Tax & Accounting Blog)

Protecting your firm and clients against phishing scams

UltraTax CS: Data Mining - predefined letter called IRS Phishing Scams

Help catch the culprits - report phishing attempts

When a taxpayer receives an unsolicited email that appears to be from either the IRS or an organization closely linked to the IRS, you can help in the investigation by forwarding the email directly to Learn more by visiting the IRS Report Phishing and Online Scams page.

IRS Security Summit Alerts & News Releases

Note: The following resources are alerts and new releases from If you have not done so already, we strongly recommend signing up for the IRS e-News subscriptions to receive the latest news and updates directly from the IRS. For more information, see the e-News Subscriptions page on the IRS website.

February 2017

Security Summit Alert: Tax Professionals Warned of New Scam to “Unlock” Their Tax Software Accounts (IR-2017-39, Feb. 17, 2017)

Phishing Schemes lead the IRS "Dirty Dozen" list of Tax Scams for 2017 (IR-2017-15, Feb. 1, 2017)

January 2017

Security Summit Alert: Two-Stage email scheme targets tax professionals (IR-2017-03, Jan. 11, 2017)

Security Alert: States and tax industry renew alert about form W-2 scam targeting payroll, human resource departments (IR-2017-10, Jan. 25, 2017)

November 2016

IRS Warns Tax Professionals of New e-Services Email Scam (IR-2016-145, Nov. 4, 2016)

September 2016

IRS Warns of a New Wave of Attacks Focused on Tax Professionals (IR-2016-119, Sept. 2, 2016)

Additional information for CS Professional Suite applications

Learn more about IRS data security initiatives

CS Professional Suite application security overview

Multi-factor authentication overview

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