IRS Reveals Unauthorized Access Of 100,000 Taxpayers’ Information

Mealey's (June 25, 2015, 1:51 PM EDT) -- WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a May 26 statement, the Internal Revenue Service announced that unknown criminals gained access to the personal information of approximately 100,000 U.S. taxpayers (IRS Statement on the ‘Get Transcript’ Application, IRS).

(Statement available. Document #97-150625-009X.)

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In its statement, the IRS said that late the previous week, it became aware that “unusual activity” had taken place on the “Get Transcript” application at irs.gov. Per the IRS’s website, the application normally allows taxpayers “to view [their] tax account transactions, line-by-line tax return...
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