GOP Lawmakers Demand Accounting On Release Of SSNs On IRS Website
By Diane Freda
Two Republican lawmakers wrote to Internal Revenue Service Principal Deputy Commissioner Daniel Werfel July 23 directing the agency to verify the accuracy of claims by a nonprofit that more than 2,000 Social Security numbers were accidentally released on the tax agency’s website.
The letter from Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-Texas) and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany (R-La.) expressed concern about the agency’s handling of private taxpayer information.
According to the nonprofit Public.Resource.Org, which specializes in making documents public, Social Security numbers were accidentally included on Forms 990-T distributed by IRS and posted on the agency’s website on data for political nonprofits filing under tax code Section 527 as political organizations (132 DTR G-7, 7/10/13).
“If true, these reports are especially concerning because the Committee’s investigation of IRS targeting of Tea Party groups revealed that the IRS knew about this risk, but did not safeguard against it,” the lawmakers said in the letter.
IRS said it would respond to the letter. For now its political organization disclosure web page is “temporarily down.”
Text of the letter from Boustany and Johnson is in TaxCore.