Subscribe to Entrepreneur for $5
Subscribe

Your Favorite Bureaucracy Goes Digital

Privacy experts reel as the IRS rolls out a pilot program to transmit tax information via e-mail.

By
This story appears in the April 2000 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The IRS is getting set to join the wired world. The tax agency recently proposed a pilot program that would make it possible for it to use secure e-mail to deliver tax returns to taxpayer-designated third parties who want to verify a taxpayer's income.

Authorized third parties include tax practitioners, small-business lenders, universities, mortgage companies and other financial institutions that seek income verification for loans, grants or subsidies. While the proposal promises to provide taxpayers with faster and more efficient service, privacy experts are alarmed at the prospect that it could lead to the misuse of sensitive tax information.

Continue Reading With an Entrepreneur Subscription Now 40% Off—Use Code SAVE40

Become a member to get unlimited access and support the voices you want to hear more from. Subscribe to Entrepreneur for just $49/year $29/year.

Not ready for an annual subscription?
Get 3 months free with code ZENDESK

Presented by zendesk

Not ready for an annual subscription? Get 3 months free with code
 ZENDESK