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