As part of the November 3 meeting of the IRS Security Summit, Intuit Inc. announced additional security measures for its consumer and professional tax software products. These measures build on safeguards enacted in prior years and reflect the company’s continued role in supporting industry and government’s collaborative efforts to fight fraud and help protect taxpayer information.
As a result of actions taken following last year’s inaugural Security Summit, the IRS has reported that fewer people became victims of tax-related identity theft this past tax season. Government and industry protected more taxpayers from tax-related identity theft, stopped more suspicious tax returns and prevented more fraudulent refunds from getting into criminals’ hands. In fact, from January through April 2016, the IRS stopped $1.1 billion in fraudulent refunds.
“Protecting taxpayers and strengthening the integrity of the U.S. tax system is a team effort, and the progress we’ve made together over the past 18 months demonstrates our shared commitment to fight fraud,” said CeCe Morken, executive vice president of Intuit’s ProConnect Group. “There’s still much work to do. Intuit is committed to doing our part to actively promote a set of best practices and standards for reporting suspicious behavior to the IRS and state revenue agencies to help them improve their ability to identify tax fraud.”
Expanded Security for Tax Professionals
The IRS Security Summit has developed industry requirements for authentication for online and desktop professional tax products. In support of these standards, and as part of Intuit’s continued commitment to lead the industry with new capabilities, Intuit ProConnect has implemented enhanced security measures for Lacerte, ProSeries and ProConnect Tax Online.
These changes supplement multi-factor authentication, introduced last year in Intuit’s ProConnect Tax Online, which requires customers to use more than a password before access is granted to their account. When customers login to ProConnect Tax Online, Intuit automatically sends a unique, six-digit code to their pre-designated, trusted device or email account to be used in combination with their password to securely access their account.
Expanded Security for Taxpayers
In addition to the multiple security measures Intuit introduced in prior years in its TurboTax® products, including expanded multi-factor authentication, Touch ID account authentication and customer notifications, this year, additional measures have been put in place, including:
“Security is built into everything we do. We’re continuing to invest in new measures to ensure our products have industry-leading fraud protection while driving industry-wide standards that will help further protect taxpayers and tax professionals,” added Morken.
For tips on security awareness from the IRS, please visit: https://www.irs.gov/uac/irs-security-awareness-tax-tips