Friday, December 6, 2019

Security plan is mandatory for tax preparers


The Rhode Island Division of Taxation, the Internal Revenue Service, and other partners in the Security Summit today remind tax professionals that federal law requires them to create and follow a written information security plan to protect their clients’ data. For details, click here.



Thursday, December 5, 2019

Business identity theft

The Rhode Island Division of Taxation, the Internal Revenue Service, and other partners in the Security Summit today urged employers large and small to be alert to the growing threat of business identity theft -- and to step up cybersecurity protections. To learn more, click here



Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Use strong passwords, keep them safe, Security Summit says

The Rhode Island Division of Taxation, the Internal Revenue Service, and other partners in the Security Summit remind taxpayers that using strong passwords and keeping those passwords secure are critical steps in preventing thieves from stealing identities or money -- or using the information to file fraudulent tax returns. To learn more, click here.

Tax Administrator Neena Savage interviewed today by Channel 10's Jared Pelletier about phishing scams.



Reminder: Health coverage mandate starts next month

All Rhode Islanders must have qualifying health coverage beginning January 1, 2020. Failure to have such "minimum essential coverage" in 2020 may result in a Rhode Island personal income tax penalty in 2021. So now is the time to plan ahead.

Most people have minimum essential coverage (through employer-sponsored health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, TRICARE, or some other means) and will not have to pay the penalty. Rhode Island residents who don't have such coverage can enroll in new health insurance or renew their health insurance through Rhode Island's health insurance exchange -- HealthSource RI. 

For more information, including details about the current open enrollment period and about how eligible Rhode Islanders can receive financial assistance to lower the cost of health insurance, see https://healthsourceri.com/.
  • HealthSource RI's open enrollment period began November 1 and ends December 31. But you must pick your plan and pay for it by December 23 in order to get coverage starting January 1, 2020.



Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Learn to recognize and avoid phishing emails

The Rhode Island Division of Taxation, the Internal Revenue Service, and other partners in the Security Summit today warned taxpayers to watch out for phishing scams amid the deluge of holiday email messages coming from retailers and others. To learn more, including ways to recognize and avoid the scams, click here.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Holiday shoppers -- beware of ID theft

The Rhode Island Division of Taxation, the Internal Revenue Service, and other partners in the Security Summit today warned holiday shoppers to secure their computers and mobile phones in order to reduce the threat of identity theft. To learn more, click here.


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Health coverage required January 1

All Rhode Islanders must have qualifying health coverage beginning January 1, 2020. Failure to have such coverage in 2020 may result in a Rhode Island personal income tax penalty in 2021. So now is the time to plan ahead. Rhode Island residents can enroll in new health insurance or renew their coverage for 2020 with Rhode Island's health insurance exchange -- HealthSource RI. 

For more information, including details about the current open enrollment period and about how eligible Rhode Islanders can receive financial assistance to lower the cost of health insurance, see https://healthsourceri.com/.

* Open enrollment began November 1 and ends December 31. But you must pick your plan and pay for it by December 23 in order to get coverage starting January 1, 2020.