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IRS taking steps to combat taxpayers’ identity theft

The IRS is joining with state and private industry to combat identity theft by sharing more data about how tax returns are filed and taking other steps, officials announced Thursday. The effort is aimed at stemming a problem that has victimized thousands of taxpayers and cost the government billions of dollars from fraudulent returns.

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IRS needs to do more to fight cyberattacks, watchdog says

The IRS has failed to implement dozens of security upgrades to combat cyberattacks, leaving the agency's computer systems vulnerable to hackers, a government watchdog told Congress Tuesday.

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Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington DC. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
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IRS believes identity thieves from Russia

IRS investigators believe the identity thieves who stole the personal tax information of more than 100,000 taxpayers from an IRS website are part of a sophisticated criminal operation based in Russia, two officials told the Associated Press.

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Congress wants to know how thieves stole tax info from IRS

Congress is demanding answers about how identity thieves were able to steal the personal tax information of more than 100,000 taxpayers from an IRS website.

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The Internal Revenue Service Headquarters (IRS) building is seen in Washington (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)
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IRS says thieves stole tax info from 104,000

Thieves used an online service provided by the IRS to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, the agency said Tuesday.

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Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington DC. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
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8M phone calls unanswered as IRS cut taxpayer service

The IRS' overloaded phone system hung up on more than 8 million taxpayers this filing season as the agency cut millions of dollars from taxpayer services to help pay to enforce President Barack Obama's health law.

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House leaders use Tax Day to pass bills to ‘rein in the IRS’

House leaders used Wednesday's tax filing deadline to vote on a package of bills designed to protect taxpayers from potential abuse by the IRS, a response to recent scandals at the agency.

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) headquarters building Washington (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)
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Cash-strapped Americans increasingly turn to tax refund advances

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services when getting tax preparation help, according to new federal data raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are fully informed about the fees.

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IRS: Your chances of getting audited lowest in a decade

Budget cuts forced the IRS to reduce the number of tax audits last year to the lowest level in a decade, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday. And the number of audits could be even lower this year.

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Tax season scams are cited in annual IRS warning

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be an agent from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) demanding money, do not fall for it. It is one of the top threats the IRS is warning consumers about in its annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season.

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