Enrolled Agent Warns of Identity Theft

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Enrolled Agent Tommy Brown warns United States taxpayers about the growing threat of identity theft. With tips directly from the IRS Office of Privacy, Information Protection & Data Security (PIPDS), Brown gives advice that could help protect you from becoming a victim.

Tommy Brown, Enrolled Agent

Enrolled Agent Tommy Brown, who has provided IRS debt relief for thousands of individuals and companies, recently issued a warning about identity theft.

Citing information from the Internal Revenue Service Office of Privacy, Information Protect & Data Security (PIPDS), Brown noted the increasing sophistication of cyber attacks such as “click jacking” and “botnets.” Sometimes, these attacks are launched by organizations with deep resources looking to harvest large amounts of information. Social networking websites and mobile devices are also a security concern. Two tax-based identity theft frauds have to do with e-filing or getting a refund faster, and can be either spam e-mail based or web-based.

Taxpayers are warned to protect their social security numbers, account access codes, and other personal information. Make sure to shred any personal data being disposed, and check credit reports at least annually. Finally, beware of suspicious emails and attachments and protect your laptop and cell phone from unauthorized access.

Brown noted that the IRS focuses on identity theft victim assistance, outreach, and prevention as part of its mission to maintain public trust in tax administration. But in an audit or situation where you owe back taxes, it is usually best to have an Enrolled Agent tax resolution specialist represent your case before the IRS. Brown has helped thousands secure tax repayment plans and released IRS reduced IRS penalties.

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