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Security Awareness for Taxpayers

Identity Theft Protection

Dugan & Lopatka, the IRS, the states and the tax industry are committed to protecting you from identity theft. We’ve strengthened our partnership to fight a common enemy – the criminals – and to devote ourselves to a common goal – serving you. Working together, we’ve made many changes to combat identity theft, and we are making progress. However, cybercriminals are constantly evolving, and so must we. The IRS is working hand-in-hand with your state revenue officials, your tax software provider and your tax preparer. But, we need your help. We need you to join with us. By taking a few simple steps, you can better protect your personal and financial data online and at home. 

Please consider these steps to protect yourselves from identity thieves:

Keep Your Computer Secure

  • Use security software and make sure it updates automatically; essential tools include:
    • Firewall
    • Virus/malware protection
    • File encryption for sensitive data
  • Treat your personal information like cash, don’t leave it lying around
  • Check out companies to find out who you’re really dealing with
  • Give personal information only over encrypted websites – look for “https” addresses.
  • Use strong passwords and protect them
  • Back up your files

Avoid Phishing and Malware

  • Avoid phishing emails, texts or calls that appear to be from the IRS and companies you know and trust, go directly to their websites instead
  • Don’t open attachments in emails unless you know who sent it and what it is
  • Download and install software only from websites you know and trustUse a pop-up blocker
  • Talk to your family about safe computing

To read the complete IRS notice on security awareness for taxpayers, please click here or contact a Dugan & Lopatka professional at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (630) 665-4440. 

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