New Fraud Scheme Impacting Tax Practitioners

​​The Internal Revenue Service warned tax professionals on Friday, April 15, 2016, of a new emerging scam in which cybercriminals obtain remote control of preparers' computer systems, complete and file client tax returns and redirect refunds to thieves' accounts.

Although the IRS knows of a handful of cases to date, this scam has potential to impact the filing of fraudulent returns in advance of the April tax deadline and is yet another example of tax professionals being targeted by identity theft criminals. The Wisconsin Department of Revenue is closely monitoring return submissions for this new scheme.

The IRS has urged all tax preparers to take the following steps:

Review IRS information on Data Thefts and Protecting Client Tax Information.

April 18, 2016