Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Taxes | Tags: Hacked, IRS, Taxpayers
The Treasury Department Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) warned the IRS that it was not sufficiently protecting taxpayer data, and made recommendations that the IRS failed to implement. TIGTA Chief T.Russell George told the Senate Finance Committee at a hearing yesterday, that the IRS failed to implement over 40 recommendations that would have made taxpayers’ information safer from hackers.
An IRS data breach has resulted in the stolen personal tax information of over 100,000 households could have been prevented if the IRS listened to the Inspector General and to IRS watchdog groups, Americans for Tax Reform reported.
Since 2007, the IRS has been warned at least seven times by watchdog groups that it needed to strengthen its protections of taxpayer information.
In a 2014 report, TIGTA warned that if stronger protections are not implemented, “taxpayers could be exposed to the loss of privacy and to financial loss and damages resulting from identity theft or other financial crimes.” The report was the latest in a series of warnings about the agency’s inability to protect taxpayer information.
A 2013 report found that the IRS had failed to fully implement eight recommendations that would increase security over taxpayer data despite telling TIGTA they had been implemented. A 2011 report found that taxpayer data was vulnerable to hackers and stronger security measures were needed and in 2010, TIGTA found that the agency had inadequate safeguards to protect taxpayer information from contract workers.
According to Americans for Tax Reform, the IRS did purchase Nerf footballs that were never used, the world’s largest crossword puzzle, $100 lunches and Thomas the Tank Engine Wristbands. The IRS will reportedly notify those taxpayers whose information was hacked.
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