IRS safeguards for accessing taxpayer info don’t go far enough

The Internal Revenue Service needs to improve its procedures to prevent the fraudulent use of third-party authorization forms, such as power of attorney filings, to obtain taxpayer information, according to a new report.

The report, from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, evaluated the IRS’s controls when authenticating requests from individuals who try to represent taxpayers and access taxpayer information, such as CPAs and enrolled agents, by filing a Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative, or Form 8821, Taxpayer Information Authorization.

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