IRS Needs to Improve Authentication Processes

The Internal Revenue Service has not established a service-wide approach to managing effective authentication processes and procedures for individual taxpayers’ identities, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

“The increasing number of data breaches in the private and public sectors means more personal information than ever before is available to unscrupulous individuals,” TIGTA said in the report. “Much of these data are detailed enough to enable circumvention of most authentication processes.”

“The IRS recognizes the need to establish a service-wide approach to managing its authentication needs and has established two groups that focus on taxpayer authentication. Read More