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Mission
The mission of the Office of Governmental Liaison and Disclosure is to improve tax administration by efficiently partnering with other government agencies and by effectively administering the Disclosure statutes.

IRS Information Sharing Programs
The IRS information sharing program saves government resources by partnering with agencies at all levels of government to enhance voluntary compliance with tax laws.

Safeguards Program
The Safeguards Program and staff are responsible for ensuring that federal, state and local agencies receiving federal tax information protect it as if the information remained in IRS’s hands.

Disclosure
The IRS Freedom of Information site page contains a list of local IRS Disclosure Office contacts.

Protecting Federal Tax Information: A Message From The IRS
This video on disclosure awareness discusses what access to Federal Tax Information (FTI) is and how to guard it. It also covers how the disclosure of that information is protected by law.

Protecting Federal Tax Information: A Guide for Government Employees (PDF)
Pub 4761 provides state tax and federal agency employees with basic information about: the provisions of §6103 that protect tax returns and return information and the civil and criminal penalties for unauthorized accesses or disclosures.

Protecting Federal Tax Information for Government Employees (Video)
This video companion to Pub 4761 provides state tax and federal agency employees with basic information about: the provisions of §6103 that protect tax returns and return information and the civil and criminal penalties for unauthorized accesses or disclosures.

Need and Use video
When using FTI, state agencies need to be aware of "need and use" policy to avoid possible disclosure of sensitive information. This video explains the requirement for state tax agencies to establish that they have a tax administration need for federal tax information they request and that they will use it for tax purposes only.

Points of Risk for Government Agencies and Contractors
Protect confidential tax and other sensitive information by knowing the points of risk at which it is most vulnerable. This video describes when sensitive information is at greatest risk and the simple actions you can take to prevent loss or compromise of this valuable asset.

Just in Time, Tips for Protecting Federal Tax Information Poster Series on CD
Order Pub 4981 poster series on CD, Tips for Protecting Federal Tax Information on IRS.gov at Forms and Publications by U. S. Mail

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 04-Oct-2016