Update: Tax Advisory

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Dear UNI faculty and staff,

Last week, an email was sent to university faculty and staff indicating some UNI employees received an error code when e-filing their tax returns. Since that message, additional faculty and staff have come forward with similar circumstances. Thank you to those who have provided additional information.

The UNI task force created to investigate possible sources of the issue continues to work and is engaging external experts to assist with the process. The Internal Revenue Service has been notified and is actively working on this issue. The university is in communication with additional agencies, including the Division of Criminal Investigation and the Cedar Falls Police Department.

Data security is of the utmost importance at UNI. The university utilizes many complex encryption protocols at multiple levels to protect sensitive data. There is currently no evidence that a university system has been compromised. However, it is prudent for employees to contact the IRS to determine if they have been impacted.

To find out if you are personally affected by an error code, call the IRS at (800) 908-4490, ext. 245. The unit office is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For additional information please visit the Internal Revenue Service at: www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Tips-for-Taxpayers,-Victims-about-Identity-Theft-and-Tax-Returns-2014.

UNI employees receiving error codes or needing assistance are encouraged to call a newly established information line at 273-5700.

The university will provide credit-monitoring services through our vendor for all faculty and staff at no cost. Information on how to enroll in this service will be communicated no later than 5 p.m. tomorrow.

We will disseminate further information as appropriate and as allowed by the IRS.

Sincerely,

Michael Hager
Vice President for Administration & Financial Services