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    Taxpayer representatives are now asked for their Social Security number and DOB

    https://www.journalofaccountancy.com...content=button
    Taxes after all are the dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society. - FDR

    #2
    yep. This is why I am finally closing my practice. It has become too time-consuming dealing with ID theft security issues.
    Believe nothing you have not personally researched and verified.

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      #3
      This problem with security breaches is only going to get worse before it gets better (hopefully). I think we need to look at it as an expense of doing business and charge for our time and expertise accordingly. I do have to say that many people fail to safeguard their personal information including passwords.

      I have seen people using sticky notes with their userid and password plastered on their desk!
      Taxes after all are the dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society. - FDR

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        #4
        Originally posted by ATSMAN View Post
        This problem with security breaches is only going to get worse before it gets better (hopefully).
        I don't know about security breaches, but according to IRS, the number of ID-fraud returns filed has decreased substantially over the last two filing seasons, due to better data sharing, W-2 verification codes, tax software security improvements, EFIN validation, and so on. I've noticed that complaints on this forum have also dropped off dramatically. And no one seems to complain about the fake IRS phone calls demanding immediate payment on a gift card any more. So it's only fair to acknowledge that the IRS and the industry has helped things get better already, not worse.

        Your comment about user irresponsibility is right on. The best solution for tax return fraud is to require a secure TAXPAYER login/password to efile a return (kind of like ID theft PIN for everyone, but implemented better). However, many individuals couldn't care less about anything that requires some thoughtfulness or effort on their part -- the same kind of people who throw their fast food trash out the car window as they drive away. To them, it's always someone else's problem to clean up their mess.

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