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State of Connecticut

Department of Revenue Services

MEDIA release

450 Columbus Blvd.
Hartford CT 06103
Tel. 1-800-382-9463 in state, or 860-297-5962

For Immediate Release:
December 5, 2016


Tax Security Awareness Week Starts December 5

The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) is joining with other states and the IRS to promote “National Tax Security Awareness Week” starting Monday, December 5.  The week will feature a series of consumer warnings and tips featured on the Taxes. Security. Together web page, IRS Publication 4524, Security Awareness for Taxpayers and on the DRS website.

This is one of many initiatives that have grown out of the federal Security Summit and increasing anti-fraud efforts in Connecticut. As part of that effort, the IRS, the states and the tax community will share a variety of information throughout the week to educate taxpayers and tax preparers on steps they should take to protect themselves from identity theft and tax scams as well as protect their valuable financial data in advance of the upcoming filing season. 

Said DRS Commissioner Kevin Sullivan, “Like the Grinch that stole Christmas, thieves look forward to the busy holiday shopping season as a time to steal personal identity information. Then, when the tax season begins in January, it gets even worse. On-line commerce and on-line tax preparation are great, but also invite phishing, hacking and stealing of personal identity and financial information.”   

Commissioner Sullivan added that some basic protections include:

  • Creating strong passwords and changing them regularly.
  • Installing security software with a strong firewall and anti-virus protections that are always on and update automatically.
  • Encrypting your sensitive files such as tax records stored on a computer or portable device.
  • Recognizing phishing emails, threatening phone calls and texts from thieves posing as legitimate organizations such as banks, credit card companies and government agencies – including the DRS or IRS.
  • Never clicking on links or downloading attachments from unknown or suspicious sources. 
  • Protecting your personal data and making sure your tax records are always secure. It is rarely necessary to disclose a Social Security Number to complete a commercial transaction.