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Report: ‘Human Coding Error’ Caused IRS Posting of Confidential Data

Names, contact information and some financial information of about 120,000 people was reportedly posted in error by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on its website.

This confidential taxpayer information had been submitted on Form 990-T, which covers people with individual retirement accounts (IRAs) who earn certain type of business income, and was posted to the agency’s site due to a human coding error, according to a Friday (Sept. 2) report by The Wall Street Journal.

After discovering the error, the IRS removed the information from its site, according to the report, which cited a letter sent Friday from a representative of the Department of the Treasury to the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.


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