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Tuesday August 20, 2019

Data Recovery Plans for Tax Professionals
Washington News
It is helpful to know the IRS requires tax preparers to have a data recovery plan, since many taxpayers use a CPA, attorney, enrolled agent or other tax professional. In letter IR-2019-143, the Service explained the steps tax professionals must take to protect client data. The "Security Six" checklist is published jointly by the IRS and its Security Summit partners. Step Five on the "Security Six" checklist is for tax professionals to create a data theft security plan. IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig notes, "The number of tax professionals reporting data theft to the IRS remains too high, and it puts tens of thousands of taxpayers at risk for identity theft. We hope tax professionals will use the Security Summit Checklist as a starting point, not an endpoint, to protect their clients' data - and themselves. " If your data professional discovers a security breach, there are several steps to follow. Contact IRS and Law Enforcement - When you promptly contact the IRS and law enforcement agencies, the authorities may take action to...
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