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IRS makes exempt organizations’ Form 990 data available in machine-readable format

On June 16, 2016, the IRS announced that it will be making Form 990s available in machine-readable format through Amazon Web Services. While this information has always been available to the public, it was previously only accessible in PDF format, making searching or viewing data in bulk nearly impossible. The IRS announcement is in response … Continue Reading

Government report critiques the IRS’s handling of 2015 data breach

According to a government report publicly released last week, the IRS failed to adequately respond to a May 2015 cyber-attack on its “Get Transcript” application that potentially compromised at least 621,000 taxpayer accounts. The United States Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (“TIGTA”) found that, while the IRS timely disabled the affected application, it failed … Continue Reading

Experian handling 70 breaches a week resulting from IRS phishing scam

On March 1, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service alerted the business community of an e-mail phishing scheme designed to convince employees to provide company-wide W-2 tax forms containing social security numbers and other personally identifiable information [view related post].  While the scam has taken different forms, the most prevalent approach is a purported internal e-mail … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #24 – IRS issues Alert to Payroll and HR Professionals about phishing scheme for W-2s

This week’s tip is for businesses, and in particular, the human resources, benefits and finance departments of all businesses. It doesn’t matter what industry you are in or where you or located. It doesn’t matter if you have 2 employees or 2,000. Just know that you can become the victim of a sophisticated cyber-attack. It … Continue Reading

Tax season may bring more breaches; new victim, TaxAct

This tax season, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been working closely with big tax preparation vendors and chains to improve the security this year and safeguard against widespread identity theft. The IRS is now requiring stricter password standards, a new timed lockout feature and limited unsuccessful log-in attempts, along with three security questions. The … Continue Reading

IRS provides tax relief for pre-breach identity protection services

The IRS released a bulletin on December 30, 2015, (Announcement 2016-02) announcing that it would extend the tax exemption issued in August to organizations who provide credit monitoring to its employees following a data breach, to receive a similar exemption for pre-breach identity protection services. This means that the value of the services, both pre-breach … Continue Reading

IRS admits 334,000 victims of fraudulent tax refunds due to security flaws on website

Not only did the IRS lose a flash drive with 12,000 school workers’ Social Security numbers on it in Texas (view related post), it admitted on August 17th that its initial estimate that 110,000 taxpayers’ personal information was used to file false tax returns this year is… well…actually 334,000 data breaches and upwards of 390,000 … Continue Reading
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