IRS Security Awareness Tax Tip Number 10: Overview
In this lesson, we’ll look at IRS Security Tax Tip Number 10, which was released in January of 2016. Many Security Awareness Tax Tips released by the Internal Revenue Service are aimed at both taxpayers and practitioners. However, IRS Security Awareness Tax Tip Number 10 is aimed at professionals who prepare tax returns. This release from the IRS encourages tax professionals to take five steps to protect sensitive information.
IRS Security Awareness Tax Tip Number 10: Recommendations
The first recommendation from IRS Security Awareness Tax Tip Number 10 encourages practitioners to use of security software when using electronic devices that contain sensitive data. Using a security suite provides protection against computer viruses and malware. Security software should always be active whenever a device is turned on, even if the device isn’t being used.
The second recommendation from IRS Security Awareness Tax Tip Number 10 encourages practitioners to do a “deep dive” on their computer drives and files in order to find any existing malware or viruses. Most computers allow users to perform either a “quick scan” or a “deep scan” to scour files. Because computer viruses and malware can “hide” in locations that a quick scan does not search, the IRS recommends regularly running a deep scan on any device that stores sensitive personal data.
The third recommendation from IRS Security Awareness Tax Tip Number 10 encourages practitioners to use security software that updates automatically. Keep in mind that most security software applications have settings that a user can adjust. Practitioners should review these security settings. Security software should always update automatically.
The fourth recommendation from IRS Security Awareness Tax Tip Number 10 encourages practitioners to develop a “security plan” and implement it. This means that practitioners should have, and also follow, established security protocols designed to protect sensitive data. IRS Publication 4557 contains a sample checklist for practitioners to review.
Finally, the fifth recommendation from IRS Security Awareness Tax Tip Number 10 encourages practitioners to educate employees about phishing, malware, emails, and other scams that could put sensitive client information at risk.
IRS Security Awareness Tax Tip Number 10 – Tutorial: A picture of IRS Security Awareness Tax Tip Number 10, showing the five security recommendations for tax return preparers.
IRS Security Awareness Tax Tip Number 10: Conclusion
When reviewing the various IRS Security Tax Tips, notice that the IRS includes certain information in multiple Tax Tips. Recommendations about using security software, avoiding phishing attempts, and educating others who have access to computers and wireless networks are found throughout the Security Tax Tips. Another very important theme that runs through all of the IRS Tax Tips is the idea that tax administration will be the most successful if all those in the tax industry work together to fight fraud.
IRS Security Awareness Tax Tip Number 10: More Information
This information about IRS Security Awareness Tax Tip Number 10 is from our “Data Protection” CPE course. It is for CPAs, Enrolled Agents and other tax return preparers. This course offers two CPE credit hours in the CPE subject category of Taxation. This course contains video lessons, PDF instructional materials, PDF review materials, and PDF testing materials. It also complies with the standards for interactive self-study as defined by NASBA and AICPA. You can visit this link to check CPE eligibility for your state.
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