Businesses can be victims of identity theft too

Seattle District Office  - Dec. 6, 2018

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Four Steps to Protect Your Small Business from Identity Theft

This week is National Tax Security Awareness Week, an IRS-led initiative which aims to inform and protect taxpayers - including small businesses - against identity thieves.

The holidays offer cybercriminals a chance to steal financial account information, social security numbers, credit card information and other sensitive data to help them file a fraudulent tax return in 2019.

The following are four steps every small business should take to secure their tax data:

  1. Keep your computer secure - Invest in security software and keep it updated, use strong passwords and back up your files.
  2. Avoid phishing and malware - The IRS does not contact people to ask for personal information. Don't fall for this common phishing scam and never download or open attachments from sources you don't trust.
  3. Protect personal information - Don't overshare personal info on social media, keep old tax returns safely locked away and check your credit report annually.
  4. Stay informed and educate those around you - Read about the latest identity theft scams and share your knowledge with employees and customers. Start by sharing this IRS Publication:

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