Tax fraud fears on the rise in America

More than two-thirds of U.S. consumers are concerned about tax fraud and identity theft this year, according to a recent survey. Their fears are well-founded: More than one-third reported having had their identity stolen in the past.

The burden of increased digitization of financial and general communication infrastructure is cyber security. While going paperless is faster, more efficient and more convenient for accountants, their clients, and everyone in between, security must remain a central consideration as firms go electronic. The IRS has issued several alerts about tax scams warning of a 400 percent surge in phishing and malware incidents this tax season, including a surge in W-2 phishing and TurboTax hacking attacks.

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Better Business Bureau warns of QuickBooks phishing scam

The Better Business Bureau Northwest is sounding the alarm about a new email phishing scam targeting users of Intuit’s QuickBooks accounting software.

Victims receive an email in their inbox with the subject line, “QuickBooks Support: Change Request.” The email claims to be a confirmation from Intuit that a business has changed its name and contains a hyperlink that the recipient can click on to cancel the request.

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IRS warns of new email scam targeting tax pros

The Internal Revenue Service, along with the state tax authorities and tax industry companies that are part of its Security Summit, issued a warning Wednesday to tax professionals to beware of a new two-stage email scam from cybercriminals who are posing as clients soliciting tax services.

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