The IRS mistakenly released confidential information for about 120,000 taxpayersSecurity Affairs
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) mistakenly released confidential information about approximately 120,000 taxpayers.
Bad news for approximately 120,000 taxpayers who filed a Form 990-T as part of their tax returns, the Internal Revenue Service accidentally leaked their confidential information.
On Friday, the IRS announced that it accidentally released data for taxpayers’ IRAs that was not meant to be public. The Treasury said the issue was discovered on August 26, but did not disclose how long the confidential information had been publicly available.
“The IRS recently discovered that certain machine-readable (XML) Form 990-T data made available for the bulk upload section on the Search for tax-exempt organizations (TEOS) should not have been made public. This section is primarily used by those with the ability to use machine-readable data; other more widely used sections of TEOS are unaffected. read it statement from the Internal Revenue Service. “The IRS took immediate action to resolve this issue. The files have been removed from IRS.gov and will be replaced with updated files in the near future.
The data exposed included names, contact information and reported income for these IRAs. Social security numbers, individual tax returns and other sensitive data were not exposed.
“The disclosure did not include Social Security numbers, income, or information that could harm an individual’s credit, the department said. Some information released included names and contact information. reported Bloomberg. “The erroneous disclosure could also prompt Republicans to push for a cut in IRS funding if they were to win a majority in Congress in the midterm elections. They criticized the provision of the Democrats’ Cut Inflation Act, passed last month, which gives the agency $80 billion in additional funding over a decade.
The Treasury announced that the IRS would contact all those affected in the coming weeks.
“The IRS continues to review this situation,” Anna Canfield Roth, Treasury’s acting assistant secretary for management, said in the letter. “The Treasury Department has asked the IRS to conduct a prompt review of its practices to ensure the necessary protections are in place to prevent unauthorized disclosure of data.”
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