Thursday, September 22, 2016
New tax filing security protocols
New Security Step – IR-2016-124 (9/22/16) – The IRS alerted people filing an extended return electronically for 2015 (due 10/17/16), that they likely would be asked to enter their AGI for 2014. The purpose is to help properly identify the taxpayer. The information release reminds people how to order a tax transcript from the IRS should they not have it.
Some states are using a similar system where they might ask for a driver’s license number or other identifying data that a thief might not have (although a thief might easily get someone’s driver’s license, such as because it is on their checks and cancelled checks were thrown out in the trash).
The Alabama Department of Revenue has a few programs to improve security and reduce identity theft. For example, taxpayers may register for a service where they are notified if a return is filed with their Social Security Number. The DOR also has a protection program that begins with the “ID confirmation quiz.” The state also highlights its programs in the Form 40 instruction booklet (although few people likely read this).
What more do you think the IRS and state tax agencies should do to protect the very sensitive information they have?