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2/3/2014
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New IRS Tax App: Invitation To Thieves?

A new IRS online tool let users view and print copies of past tax returns, but it could become a target for identity thieves.

(Source: Flickr/Jason Strong)
(Source: Flickr/Jason Strong)

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jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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2/6/2014 | 11:17:02 AM
Re: Not all hacks are online hacks
Good point, Marilyn. That is a common problem with any legislative body debating issues with technology ramifications that they don't understand.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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2/4/2014 | 5:06:46 PM
Why is this even a need?
New rule: If you're too dumb to print a hard copy of your tax return and store it somewhere safe -- and then shred when the time comes -- you deserve to have to write to or call the IRS and pay a fee.
Marilyn Cohodas
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2/4/2014 | 4:47:53 PM
Re: Not all hacks are online hacks
Honestly, I'd be surprised to learn that a single person on the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee had the technology background to even recognize what a secure IRS tax app would look like. 
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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2/4/2014 | 8:12:54 AM
Re: Not all hacks are online hacks
Indeed, Thomas. Shouldn't the IRS have a strong security system as banks have? 

-Susan 
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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2/3/2014 | 4:36:51 PM
Re: Not all hacks are online hacks
I'm shocked, shocked to find inadequate security in government systems.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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2/3/2014 | 4:17:45 PM
Not all hacks are online hacks
I suspect identity theives have plundered plenty of tax documents from someone's mailbox, or garbage, or even solicited tax transcripts in someone else's name. Putting a process online does open up opportunities for identity theft on a larger scale, but this program does also address the desire of many consumer advocates that individuals have better access to their own data.
WKash
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WKash,
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2/3/2014 | 2:37:00 PM
Fewer Tax Dollars At Work
IRS officials have rightly, and creatively tried to automate processes in response to some pretty steep budget cutbacks. But in light of those cutbacks, Congress and oversight officials need to take a hard look at the integritiy of IRS's data systems and these new tools, to ensure they have been adequately engineered and have the necessary protections against cyber criminals.

 
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