Mask EFINs due to IRS warning of EFIN theft to allow others to file fraudulent returns. Currently EFINS show on 9979s even if masked. Is this a requirement of IRS to show on masked on unmasked returns? Mask in both versions if possible. See below:
The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry warned tax professionals of a new scam email that impersonates the IRS and attempts to steal Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFINs). The Security Summit partners said the latest scheme, arriving just before the start of the nation’s tax season, should serve as another reminder that tax professionals remain prime targets for identity thieves. These thieves try to steal client data and tax preparers’ identities that will allow them to file fraudulent tax returns for refunds.
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