How Secure are the Taxman’s Files?

Just how safe is all of your personal information that might be sitting in the files at the Internal Revenue Service?

That’s a question a lot of people are asking–including Congressman Lamar Smith.

“The U.S. Government Accountability Office has identified a number of ongoing cyber security system gaps–and, IRS failures to fully implement certain security controls” Congressman Smith said during a Capitol Hill hearing on the subject Thursday.

In fact, Smith had a very pointed question for some top IRS brass.

“An individual’s tax return… and their personal information on that tax return… safer this year than last year?” Smith asked.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen’s reply to that question?

“Yes… safer” Koskinen told Smith.

However, the top man at the IRS also said there is no way he could ever see being able to absolutely guarantee the security of your personal information.

“We have a delicate balance to maintain here. We need to keep the criminals out… while letting the legitimate taxpayers in” Koskinen said.

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