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How safe is your tax return? IRS security gaps expose thousands of taxpayers

How safe is your tax return? IRS security gaps expose thousands of taxpayers
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The IRS is not having a good year when it comes to keeping your ID protected, and keeping hackers out of its systems. In fact, 2016 may just be the worst year ever for IRS security holes.

That's according to Congress, which sharply criticized the IRS yesterday for potentially exposing hundreds of thousands of taxpayers to hackers and organized crime rings. On the list of nearly 100 security gaps:

  • Easily guessed password systems
  • Too many people having access to the IRS system, with full rights and privileges
  • Too few encrypted systems

Worse, the Government Accountability Office told Congress that the IRS hasn't fixed a lot of the problems the GAO brought to its attention last month. "We're hopeful [the IRS] will rigorously implement our recommendations over the next few yeas, all 94 that we have outstanding," GAO head Gene Dodaro told the Senate Finance Committee.

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