The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has urged people to continue practicing proper cybersecurity habits by securing computers, phones and other devices.
This news follows a series by the service called the Tax Time Guide, a resource which aims to help taxpayers file an accurate tax return.
The IRS has been working with the Security Summit, state tax agencies and the private-sector tax industry, to help protect taxpayer information and defend against identity theft.
The service claimed that taxpayers and tax professionals can take steps to help in this effort by doing things such as minimizing cybersecurity footprints, staying vigilant in protecting personal tax and financial information and being aware of common scams and schemes.
As a reminder, the IRS stated it does not initiate contact with taxpayers via email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.
Generally, the IRS first mails a paper bill to a person who owes taxes, however in some special situations, the IRS will call or come to a home or business.
Additionally, people should be alert to scammers posing as the IRS to steal personal information.