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Monday October 21, 2019
IRS Enhances Taxpayer Protections
In IR-2019-101, the Service explained its latest efforts to protect taxpayers from identity thieves.
Taxpayers, professional advisors and third parties (such as colleges and universities providing student assistance) have regularly requested tax transcripts from the IRS. Because identity thieves have been obtaining tax transcripts and filing fraudulent returns, the IRS announced it would "stop its tax transcript faxing service in June and will amend the Form 4506 series to end third-party mailing of tax returns and transcripts in July."
In 2018, the IRS modified the tax transcripts to remove most personally identifiable information. The Service also hopes to increase data security through new limits on the release of tax transcripts. After June 28, 2019, the IRS will no longer fax tax transcripts to taxpayers or third parties.
Taxpayers may access their tax transcripts in three ways.
Published June 7, 2019