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Keeping Taxpayer Data Secure  #292224



Course Details, Learning Objectives, Table of Contents

Credits
CPA 2.5
CFP® 2
EA/OTRP 2

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Course Description

Course publication/revision date: This course was updated on 1/12/2024.

The annual global cost of cybercrime is high and getting higher all the time. In fact, cyber criminals reap a windfall from their activities that is estimated to have been $450 billion in 2015 and is anticipated to climb to an annual $10.5 trillion average by 2025. In the United States alone, the FBI received reports of 830,944 cybercrime complaints involving $10.3 billion in 2022.  Almost all of that cybercrime began with—and continues to start with—a social engineering concept known as “phishing.”

Certain business organizations, among which are those referred to as “financial institutions,” are charged by the FTC with taking particular steps to protect their customers’ financial information. Included in the category of financial institutions are professional tax preparers. Professional tax preparers normally maintain a significant amount of taxpayer information in various files—electronic and paper—that would be a treasure trove for cyber criminals.

In this course, tax preparers are introduced to the problem of cybercrime and its costs, offered methods that can be expected to reduce the chances of becoming a cybercrime victim, and informed of proper steps to take if they do become victims of cybercrime. Accordingly, it will examine cybercrime and will discuss:

  • The extent of the cybercrime problem;
  • The potential costs to a tax preparer whose taxpayer data have been breached;
  • The best practices a tax preparer may implement to avoid becoming a cybercrime victim; and
  • What a tax preparer should do if its taxpayer data has been breached.

Course, Credit, Sponsor Information  
Open link (above): Course Details, Learning Objectives, and Table of Contents.
Author: Paul J. Winn, CLU, ChFC
Subject Area:
CFP Board: Tax Planning
NASBA (CPA): Taxes.
IRS: EA, OTRP: Federal Tax Law.

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