Virginia Amends Breach Notification Law Applicable to Income Tax Information
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On July 1, 2018, HB 183, which amends Virginia’s breach notification law, will come into effect (the “amended law”). The amended law will require income tax return preparers who prepare individual Virginia income tax returns to notify the state’s Department of Taxation (the “Department”) if they discover or are notified of a breach of “return information.” Under the amended law, “return information” is defined as “a taxpayer's identity and the nature, source, or amount of his income, payments, receipts, deductions, exemptions, credits, assets, liabilities, net worth, tax liability, tax withheld, assessments, or tax payments.”

If an income tax return preparer must notify the Department of a breach, then the preparer must provide the Department with the name and taxpayer identification number of any affected taxpayer, as well as the preparer’s name and preparer tax identification number.


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