The IRS has warned tax professionals that they face additional challenges from cybercriminals seeking to exploit COVID-19 fears. The Service urges taxpayers and tax professionals to use anti-virus, firewalls and multi-factor authentication systems. In addition, the IRS has highlighted that taxpayers and tax professionals must back up sensitive files, encrypt data and use a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
Additional Information
The IRS has urged taxpayers and tax professionals to review Publication 5293, Data Security Resource Guide for Tax Professionals. The publication provides a compilation of data theft information available on, including the reporting processes.

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