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7 Tax Season Security Tips

Security pros need be on high alert from now until Tax Day on April 15. Here are seven ways to help keep your company safe.
 Hold a tax-season training session early in the year.
Teach the staff about Business Email Compromises (BECs).
 Use digital signatures when electronically sending W2s and 1099s.
 Explain clearly what the company won't do when communicating about tax forms.
 Have procedures in place in case of a tax season breach.
 SMBs should not think they are immune from a tax season hack.
 Beware of the W9 phish.
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Tax time has arrived – and that means companies and individuals are vulnerable to IRS phone scams and business email compromises (BECs).

Security pros need to impress upon the staff that high-profile hacks can and do happen during tax season. The most famous one – the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack – happened during the 2014 and 2015 tax seasons. Some 21.5 million people had their social security numbers and employment, health, and financial histories exposed.

In preparation for tax season, the IRS has posted its Identity Theft Central page, which serves as an excellent resource for individuals, professional tax professionals and businesses. The site offers step-by-step instructions on what to do if you receive a suspicious IRS-related email or phone call.

Read on for ways to help keep your company and staff secure during tax season.

 
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