The Internal Revenue Service and the Security Summit partners warned tax professionals that savvy cybercriminals target IRS-issued identification numbers to help impersonate practitioners as well as taxpayers.
Criminals are increasingly targeting tax professionals, not only to steal client data, but also to steal the professionals’ data such as EFINs, PTINs or e-Service passwords. Tax preparers can help protect clients and their businesses from identity theft by checking their accounts to ensure the number of returns filed using their EFIN matches IRS records. To access your EFIN information, log onto your e-Services account, select Application, then select e-File Application, click on your name and then select EFIN Status. e-Services accounts are updated weekly with this information, so the IRS urges you to review the number of returns filed with your EFIN. If there are too many returns being filed with your EFIN, contact IRS at the e-Help Desk 1 (866) 255-0654 Returns per PTIN IRS offers many preparers the ability to monitor “Returns Filed per PTIN.” This information is available in the online PTIN system for tax return preparers who meet both of the following criteria. You must have. A professional credential (Enrolled Agent, Certified Public Accountant, Attorney, Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent or Enrolled Actuary) or are an Annual Filing Season Program participant, and At least 50 tax returns from the Form 1040 series processed in the current … Read More