IRS Warns of Remote Control Attacks on Tax Preparer Computers

The Internal Revenue Service is warning tax professionals that identity thieves are trying to remotely take control over their computers to file fraudulent tax returns using the names and IDs of their clients.

The IRS urged tax preparers Fridays to double-check the settings on their tax prep software and enable all security measures to safeguard their clients’ information. They should pay particular attention to any usernames and passwords for accessing their tax software. The IRS said it is aware of approximately two dozen cases in recent days where tax professionals have been victimized.

The IRS has been working with state tax authorities and the tax industry on an initiative called the Security Summit to combat identity theft. Together they recently launched the Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself campaign to raise awareness of criminals targeting tax professionals and their clients’ information.

“This latest incident reinforces the need for all tax professionals to review their computer settings as soon as possible,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen‎ in a statement. “Identity thieves continue to evolve and look for new areas to exploit‎, especially as our fraud filters become more effective. The prompt identification of these attacks is another example of the great benefits that result from the close‎ working relationship the IRS now has with the tax industry and the states through the Security Summit initiative. Information is flowing more rapidly between our groups as we continue‎ our efforts to protect taxpayers.”

Koskinen recently recorded a video that the IRS posted on YouTube this week urging tax professionals to take precautions to safeguard their cybersecurity.
by is licensed under

Help FAIRtax Become The Number One Issue in 2024

Enacting the FAIRtax must be a prominent topic in these times. We did it before, we can do it again, but we need your help!

Help out with a One-Time Contribution

Your gift of $25, $50, $100 – even $1,000 or more if you can possibly spare it – will help bring an end to the IRS and promote a FAIRtax. So, I urge you, please give as generously as you can.

Billing information (REQUIRED)

Payment information (REQUIRED)

To donate by check:
Americans for Fair Taxation
PO Box 4929
Clearwater, FL 33758

If you need to make changes to your existing Monthly Re-Occurring Donation with new card or billing address information, then Please call Adam Yomtov our New York State Co-Director. He is assisting with the administration of our donations, technology services, and website.

Please note: Inputting your new information at our website won't update your donation. The only way to update is by calling Adam Yomtov 917-689-3931 mobile.

Americans for Fair Taxation® is a 501(c)(4) non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization solely dedicated to replacing the current income tax system with a fair, simple and transparent national consumption tax – the FAIRtax® Plan. We rely entirely on contributions from concerned citizens like you who want a tax system that will generate jobs and stimulate the economy. Welcome to the FAIRtax team!