IRS is Hacked, Again!
The Massachusetts Tax Alert™
Yale Yechiel N. Robinson, Esq.
April 7, 2017
The New York Times reported yesterday that identity thieves may have compromised up to 100,000 U.S. taxpayer accounts. The criminals apparently took advantage of a software tool that loaded information from tax returns onto the taxpayers’ FAFSA application for financial aid for college students. The IRS has disabled that tool until further notice.
The incident is probably the largest scale data breach at IRS since the 2015 breach of the IRS online “Get Transcript” service, which we discussed in a blog post titled Data Security Breach at IRS Disrupts Taxpayers and Tax Professionals.
Republicans in Congress have called for IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to resign or be ousted based on these and other incidents. Mr. Koskinen was appointed in December 2013. He said yesterday that he intends to serve the remainder of his term, which ends in November 2017.
Taxpayers who are victims of identity theft are encouraged to read the IRS web page on Identity Protection: Prevention, Detection and Victim Assistance.
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