IRS Data Breach Prompts Taxpayers to File Suit

IRS data breachTaxpayers affected by the recent IRS data breach have filed suit against the tax authority alleging that access to their private information “would have been prevented, had the IRS fixed the known security deficits in its data storage system.” According to the suit, the IRS ignored documented recommendations from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) to improve deficiencies in their security program. Acknowledging that the IRS has faced significant budget cuts in recent years, the suit claims the necessary system improvements would not have required “significant funding, technology, or intelligence.” Plaintiffs are seeking damages for current and future losses as well as credit monitoring services as a result of the IRS data breach.

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