Monday, July 23, 2018

Taxpayer Identity Theft

Ugh, identity theft. It's just awful.  Too many people have their identities stolen and the thieves use the information to file false tax returns. Is the IRS doing enough to protect taxpayers? The GAO recently released a report analyzing the actions of the IRS and making recommendations.  Identity Theft: IRS Needs to Strengthen Taxpayer Authentication Efforts provides 11 recommendations from the GAO, revolving around identity authentication. Recommendations include policies for undertaking risk assessments through a variety of mediums, since taxpayers don't use the same communications method to contact the IRS, examine procedures and collect data. The full report is available here.  The landing page also offers highlights as well as a podcast. And here's a bonus recommendation-whatever safeguards the IRS uses for authentication, how about making the reporting process as easy as possible for the victims?  Just a thought....

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/elder_law/2018/07/taxpayer-identity-theft.html

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