IRS (Temporarily?) Halts IPPIN Application Process

TAX FRAUDBy:  Amanda Wilson

I have previously written about the IPPIN program that the IRS offers many taxpayers as a way to prevent tax-related identity fraud.  For a discussion of this program, please look here.

Unfortunately, the IRS has halted the application process for now.  On its website, the IRS states that the IPPIN application is unavailable until further notice as the IRS reviews the application tool and looks at strengthening its security features.  Hopefully, this will only be a temporary halt, as the IPPIN program is one of the best tools available to taxpayers to protect themselves against an identity thief filing a fraudulent return in their name.

Protect Yourself Against Tax Identity Theft

TAX FRAUDBy:  Amanda Wilson

Last year, I provided information about a program that the IRS offers many taxpayers to help protect against tax identity theft.  I’m sharing this article again because this continues to be a huge problem.  If you have not gotten an IPPIN yet, please read this!


IRS Website Breached

By:  Amanda Wilson

The IRS announced yesterday that criminals had used the “get transcript” application on its website to gain access to the tax information of approximately 100,000 taxpayers.  The IRS has temporarily shutdown this application as it strengthens the security for the application.  The IRS press release on this breach can be found here.

This recent announcement underscores the prevalence of tax fraud.  If you have not already done so, I strongly encourage you to apply for an IPPIN to protect yourself from being a victim of tax fraud.  My recent post describing the IPPIN application process can be found here.


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