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All tax pros need to beware of evolving phishing scams that use various pandemic-related themes to steal client data. It is the tax preparer’s responsibility to secure their network to protect taxpayer data.

Tax pros, especially those who engage in remote transactions, remain vulnerable to identity thieves posing as potential clients. The criminals then trick practitioners into opening email links or attachments that infect computer systems.

The warning about these phishing scams comes as part of the IRS and its Security Summit partners annual summer campaign. This year’s theme, Boost Security Immunity: Fight Against Identity Theft, urges tax pros to step up their efforts to protect client data.

Scams may differ in themes, but they generally have two traits:

  • They appear to come from a known or trusted source,…

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