IRS has issued a statement indicating that criminals gained unauthorized access to information on approximately 100,000 tax accounts through IRS’s “Get Transcript” application. The data included taxpayers’ Social Security information, date of birth, and street address.
The matter is under review by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration as well as the IRS’s Criminal Investigation unit, and the “Get Transcript” application has been shut down temporarily.
IRS has taken a number of steps to protect taxpayers:
These letters will include additional details for taxpayers about the credit monitoring and other steps.
The IRS notes that this incident only involves its application involving transcripts. It does not involve other IRS systems, such as core taxpayer accounts, or other applications, such as Where’s My Refund.
The Rolling Stones play in the Twin Cities June 3rd. A family affair for me. More to report next week…