FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 23, 2015

FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:
Leonard J. Sloup, Acting Tax Commissioner
402-471-5604

Nebraska Teams with IRS, Other States, and Tax Industry
to Protect Personal Tax Data

LINCOLN —Taxpayers can fight cybercriminals by taking a few simple steps to protect their personal and tax data online, the Nebraska Department of Revenue (Department) announced today. The Department joined with the IRS, other states, and the private-sector tax industry this year to create new safeguards for 2016.

“Criminals often have access to personal data that can result in financial harm,” said Acting Tax Commissioner Leonard Sloup. “They can use this data to file fraudulent tax returns. Our message is we need your help. We all have a role to play. We want you to be aware of the security steps you can take – online and at home – to better protect your data from cybercriminals.”

Tax authorities made the appeal to the public on Thursday, November 19, 2015, in Washington, D.C. at a news conference that included more than a dozen state tax agency executives, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, and representatives of the tax preparation and software developer industries.
“Identity thieves are evolving, and so must we,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.“The IRS, the states, and the tax industry are putting in place even tougher safeguards. But, we need the public’s help. We need people to join with us and take an active role in protecting their personal and financial data from thieves.”

For the 2016 filing season, there will be new standards for logging onto all tax software products such as minimum password requirements, new security questions, and standard lockout features. There are also things taxpayers can do for themselves.

If you believe you are a victim of identity theft, refer to the following resources:

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APPROVED:
Leonard J. Sloup
Acting Tax Commissioner