IRS Increases Efforts to Prevent Identity Theft and Fraud

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 @ 4:56PM

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IRS Increases Efforts to Prevent Identity Theft and Fraud

Patricia Cohen

Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 5:41 PM ET The New York Times

Reeling from an online attack that allowed criminals to steal personal information and divert tax refunds from tens of thousands of taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service announced on Thursday a sweeping effort to step up protections against identity theft and fraud. The actions are expected to be completed by early next year, well before the April 15 filing deadline.

Collaborating with tax preparation firms and state officials, the I.R.S. promised to require a more rigorous authentication process before releasing information and refunds and to broaden efforts to pinpoint patterns of fraud.

“For the first time, everyone in the software industry will share aggregated details about their filings to help us all identify fraud,” John Koskinen, the I.R.S. commissioner, said at a news conference in Washington. He added that the “changes are being built into the D.N.A. of the entire tax system.”

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