The IRS’ “Get Transcript” application has been temporarily disabled. Recently, criminals used taxpayer-specific data acquired from non-IRS sources to gain unauthorized access to information through the IRS’ “Get Transcript” application. The application will remain disabled until security modifications are made.
The information gained allowed the criminals to clear the multi-step authentication process, including several personal verification questions that typically are only known by the taxpayer.
The IRS will be sending letters to all of the approximately 200,000 taxpayers whose accounts had attempted unauthorized accesses. They will also be providing free credit monitoring services for the approximately 100,000 taxpayers whose accounts were accessed. The letters received by taxpayers will address details of the unauthorized access and instructions for obtaining the free credit monitoring services.
The IRS […]