Data Security Message for PTIN Holders

NSTPTax Professionals

Data Security Message for PTIN Holders

Dear Tax Professional, Increasingly, there has been a lot of discussion and messaging around the importance of data and information security. It’s because tax professionals are the prime targets for identity thieves and data breaches continue to affect tax professionals at an alarming rate. Cybercriminals use sophisticated and ever evolving techniques to gain access to your systems. These criminals steal sensitive taxpayer data, file fraudulent tax returns and create financial havoc for you and your clients. Data security is a necessity for every tax professional; protecting taxpayer data is your legal responsibility. While there are many steps you can take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of cybercriminals, creating and maintaining a data security plan tops the list. The Federal Trade Commission requires all financial institutions (yes, tax return preparers are included in the definition of financial institutions) to have a data security plan. Your plan should be designed to protect all the sensitive taxpayer data entrusted to you as a tax professional. A data security plan is an essential step in protecting your business against data loss and tax related identity theft. A security plan does not guarantee that your business will not be targeted, but it … Read More

Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers

NSTPTax Professionals

Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers

Are you included in the Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications? This searchable directory is intended to help taxpayers find preparers in their area who currently hold professional credentials recognized by the IRS or who hold an Annual Filing Season Program Record of Completion. Take a look. https://irs.treasury.gov/rpo/rpo.jsf