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Just last year, the IRS announced its site was hacked, exposing a half million Americans to identity theft and resulting in a payout of more than $50 million dollars in fraudulent returns.
In fact, the General Accountability Office estimates annual losses of about $60 billion dollars in fraudulent tax return payouts. This is a significant cost to a country that is already in steep debt due to government waste and incompetence.
Since the data breach, the IRS has announced that it took down the feature of its site that led to the most recent data breach, issued letters to all individuals whose personal information was compromised, and offered taxpayers free credit protection and identity protection PINS.
They also imposed a handful of regulations that will go into effect in 2017 aiming to close the window of time for criminals to file fraudulent returns and many argue that these regulations are useless.
What we need are real solutions to data security, not temporary band aids. The government needs to be more proactive with regard to our data protection rather than just being reactive when it does happen.
This is simply not good enough. We deserve better. We are required to give the IRS our personal information--we don't have a choice in the matter. So the IRS must be required to protect our data and sensitive information so that these breaches don't happen in the first place.
The IRS has failed us in its obligation to protect our personal information so we need to hear more detailed and clear cut plans for protecting us this tax season.
Last tax season, close to a half million Americans had been exposed to identity theft through a data breach on your site.
Since then, you have mailed letters to the individuals exposed, taken down the feature of the site that was vulnerable to the data breach, and announced vague plans for imposing regulations aimed at shortening the window of time for criminals to submit fraudulent returns.
With all due respect, this is just not enough. We need to know that our personal information is 100% safe with you when we are required to provide you with it when paying our taxes.
So far, there has not been any measures taken that restore our confidence in your ability to keep our sensitive data secure.
You must do more to protect our sensitive information!