The treasury inspector general for tax administration says that the IRS has not implemented eight out of 19 recommended fixes from previous audits in order to protect taxpayers confidential information.
These reports are surfacing now because Under the affordable care act the service will be storing more and more information about taxpayers.
The report says the IRS failed to do Things like, 1. Not properly locking user accounts. 2. Not properly protecting servers containing Taxpayer information. Thereby making it easier to steal Taxpayer identity and carry out fraud.
The service is working on improving the situation. They released the following statement “we have made progress on oversight and enhanced security controls. With state-of-the-art technology as our foundation, Our progress is guided by best practices in the high-performance organization”