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IRS Leaks Social Security Numbers
Written by Lindsey Watson
Last updated on July 10, 2013 @ 1:55PM
Created on July 09, 2013 @ 7:00PM

From dealing with a scandal, to seeking non-profit status. This year for the IRS has just gone from bad to worse.

The agency is now facing questions about how it wound up leaking up to two thousand of taxpayers social security numbers online.

That information stayed up for a full 24 hours before being taken down. This information leak occurred during the processing of tax forms for non-profit political groups.

It's not clear if any identity thieves noticed the post before it was taken down, but it still raises a question about how safe your identity really is.

"We have to consciously think about not disclosing our social security number or any other thing related to our personal I.D., because anyone only needs our name, address, social security number and date of birth...and they have us pegged." said Jack. L. Oliver, CPA with Oliver and Associates.

Oliver also said, it's reasons like this that you should always assume that your personal data is going to be leaked at some point. It's a reminder to us all to be overly cautious, especially when it comes to your social security number, and other personal information.


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