In May 2015, the information of approximately 100,000 taxpayers was compromised during tax season when hackers broke into the IRS’s Transcript Application system called “Get Transcript.” An investigation followed, and it was recently revealed that nearly 390,000 additional accounts were jeopardized.
Was your tax information accessed?
On February 29th, 2016 the IRS sent out notifications to the individuals whose information was compromised through “Get Transcript.” If you have received one of these notifications, don’t be alarmed.
What should I do if I get a letter?
First, identify whether your tax information was accessed or merely targeted. Attempts were made to access a large portion of accounts, but they were unsuccessful. If your information was accessed, you have the option to apply for an Identity Protect PIN.
This will provide protection for your SSN on your 2016 federal tax return. Visit the Get Transcript FAQ page on the IRS website to learn more specific information about the program and those affected by the attack.
Want more information on the “Get Transcript” attack?
After over 9 months of investigation, the IRS is moving quickly to repair the damages caused by this identity theft. If you have further questions or concerns, please contact us online or by phone at 603-230-2404. We are standing by to assists you in any way possible. See you soon!