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The IRS Data Theft Problem

3/4/2020

What better place for online thieves to target than a database that contains 300 million+ Social Security numbers and a treasure trove of financial information?

The IRS has 52 Internet applications to help U.S. citizens comply with their tax obligations. But these online portals, which collect, process and store large amounts of personal information and tax data, are also a potential gateway for online criminals and identity thieves.

While the IRS’s electronic authentication security controls have improved, the Treasury Inspector General recently said that the IRS’s internet applications are not yet compliant with the National Institute of Standards and Technology guidelines.

Here’s what you can do to protect your tax-related identity and information while the IRS tries to improve its security controls:

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