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GAO Report Reveals IRS’s Limited Control Over Taxpayer Data Handling

September 18, 2023

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is entrusted with the vital responsibility of safeguarding sensitive taxpayer information. Recent incidents of potential unauthorized access to or disclosure of this data have raised concerns and prompted a thorough review by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

In its latest report, the GAO has identified significant weaknesses in how the IRS protects taxpayer information. While the IRS has implemented many data safeguards, gaps remain in contractor oversight, monitoring capabilities, training, and technical controls.

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