Post Content

As tax professionals, you have a lot on your plate these days… don’t let lack of security take you out of commission. The IRS, the FTA, and tax professional organizations are sounding the alarm and asking you to be especially aware of scammers.

DOR is equally invested in protecting you.

Here are some ways cybercriminals can wreak havoc on you and your clients.

You are not powerless. There are several ways to keep cybercriminals at bay, including:

  • Use a Virtual Private Network to provide a secure, encrypted tunnel to transmit data between a remote user via the internet and the company network. Federal and state government agencies cannot recommend a VPN provider, but you can ask trusted colleagues or search for “Best VPNs” to find a legitimate vendor. Major technology sites often provide lists of top services. Never fall for “pop-ups” on websites for VPN or any kind of security software.
  • Use multi-factor authentication to protect your data. A scammer might be able to compromise your login credentials, but it is unlikely that they will have your phone number to retrieve your security code.
  • Call new clients to confirm their identity before opening attachments.
  • Report suspicious emails posing as the IRS to
  • Review the security measures outlined in Publication 4557, Safeguarding Taxpayer Data.

Stay safe and secure. You are very important to your clients and to us.

Written By:

Recent Posts

On the road (virtually) with DOR posted on Nov 9

Every fall and winter, we hit the road to talk with community members and tax professionals about the upcoming tax filing season and other need-to-know DOR updates. Of course, like many things this year, we had to rethink what “on the road” would look like   …Continue Reading On the road (virtually) with DOR

Extension deadline is upon us posted on Sep 4

Lots of things changed as a result of the COVID-19 emergency, but not the extension due date. The deadline to file Massachusetts personal income tax returns was moved from April 15 to July 15 this year. If you were not ready to file by the   …Continue Reading Extension deadline is upon us

How does the CARES Act impact Massachusetts state tax? posted on Jul 14

The CARES Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020 to provide relief for individuals and businesses negatively impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. The Act includes provisions for both individuals and businesses. We’re going to help you understand the Massachusetts tax implications of the   …Continue Reading How does the CARES Act impact Massachusetts state tax?