Unauthorized Access to 100,000 Tax Accounts on “Get Transcript” Application on IRS.gov
On May 26, the IRS announced that taxpayer data was acquired by criminals from non-IRS sources to gain unauthorized access through the Internal Revenue Service’s “Get Transcript” application for information on approximately 100,000 tax accounts. The data used to gain the access included Social Security numbers, date of birth and street addresses.
The IRS identified approximately 200,000 attempts to access the “Get Transcript” application, and approximately 100,000 tax accounts were accessed. The “Get Transcript” application has been temporarily shut down.
Steven Miller, alliantgroup’s National Director of Tax, responded to the event by stating, “This is a very bad development for the IRS and its handling of sensitive taxpayer information. With all the identity theft, the IRS has always been able to say that personal information was not stolen from them. That changed with this event.”
The IRS has stated that it is sending a letter to the approximately 200,000 taxpayers whose accounts had attempted unauthorized access. The IRS also said that it will provide free credit monitoring services for the taxpayers whose accounts were affected. The IRS maintains that the issue does not affect its main computer system that handles tax filing submissions, and that system remains secure.