THIS IS NOT TO SCARE YOU OR CAUSE YOU UNNECESSARY WORRY OR CONCERN BUT TO MAKE YOU AWARE OF AN IRS ISSUE.
On May 27, 2015, the IRS announced that they had recently discovered a data breach where information on approximately 104,000 taxpayers had been accessed without authorization. The unauthorized accessed was gained through the IRS online “Get Transcript” program. This program while not producing a copy of the tax return, allows the taxpayer to get line-by-line information going back 5 or more years. In order for a hacker to break in and get this information, they would have already had to have access to information such as your social security number, matching name, address, and other personal information. Otherwise, the hacker would not have enough information to access your account in the IRS system. (more…)