The Internal Revenue Service is reminding tax professionals that they must implement safeguards to protect taxpayer data.

In an email Monday to taxpayers, the IRS pointed out that the security of taxpayer accounts and personal information is a top priority for the IRS as referenced in Revenue Procedure 2007-40. The IRS has been combating an increase in identity theft-related tax fraud cases in recent years, although a report released Friday by the Government Accountability Office found that the IRS also needs to do more in improving its own information security controls (see GAO Finds Weaknesses Remain in IRS’s Security Controls).

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