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IRS Still Using SSNs

SSN PRIVACY—U.S.

September 21, 2010

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has not eliminated using Social Security numbers (SSNs) from the majority of its computer systems and documents because they still associate correspondence and documents with taxpayer accounts, NextGov reports. The IRS submitted a plan to eliminate and reduce its SSN use in 2008, but the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration says it has only done so in a "small number of systems, notices and forms." Meanwhile, the agency recently received funding for a new initiative to replace SSNs on notices with 2-D bar codes, allowing taxpayer data to be encoded, the report states.
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