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Internal Revenue Bulletin:  2009-28 

July 13, 2009 


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Announcement 2009-56 Announcement 2009-56

The IRS has developed six (6) new security, privacy, and business standards to better protect taxpayer information collected, processed and stored by Authorized IRS e-file Providers participating in Online Filing of Individual income tax returns. The security and privacy objectives of these standards are: setting minimum encryption standards for transmission of taxpayer information over the internet and authentication of Web site owners/operators beyond that offered by standard version SSL certificates; periodic external vulnerability scan of the taxpayer data environment; protection against bulk-filing of fraudulent tax returns; and the ability to timely isolate and investigate potentially compromised taxpayer information. These standards also address certain customer service objectives such as instant access to Web site owner/operator’s contact information, and e-file Providers commitment to maintaining physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with applicable law and federal standards.

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