The IRS urged tax professionals in an email Wednesday to verify their Electronic Filing Identification Number activity to safeguard against tax fraud.

The IRS noted that tax preparers need to protect both their EFIN and ETIN (Electronic Transmitter Identification Number), as well as passwords, from unauthorized use. A preparer’s EFIN is not transferable and cannot be shared with others outside their firm or sold, the IRS noted. “Even if you transfer your business by sale, gift or other disposition, you may not transfer your EFIN,’ said the IRS.

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