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IRS Privacy Policy

You have entered the Internal Revenue Service's website, an official United States Government System. The IRS uses this website to provide information about IRS services and programs. This website includes specific applications which provide more services or enable us to respond to specific questions from Web site visitors.

We will not collect personal information about you just because you visit this Internet site. There are applications on this website that provide you with the opportunity to order forms, ask questions requiring a response, sign up for electronic newsletters, participate in focus groups and customer surveys, or learn the status of filed returns or anticipated payments. Using these services is voluntary and may require that you provide additional personal information to us. Providing the requested information implies your consent for us to use this data in order to respond to your specific request.


Your Privacy Rights

The IRS is committed to protecting the privacy rights of America's taxpayers. These rights are protected by the Internal Revenue Code, the Privacy Act of 1974, the Freedom of Information Act, and IRS policies and practices. For more information about these laws, visit the IRS Electronic Freedom of Information Act Reading Room.


Privacy Complaints

A privacy complaint is a written allegation filed with the Service regarding a potential problem or violation of privacy protections in the administration of IRS programs and operations that may cause harm or violation of your personal or information privacy. This complaint or inquiry may concern:

  • Issues regarding consent, collection, and appropriate notice;
  • Disclosure and Freedom of Information Act issues;
  • Privacy Act procedures, such as record access and amendment; or
  • General IRS privacy policy and procedures.

Contact the IRS at the address below if you have any questions or comments regarding the IRS's website privacy policy or would like to submit a privacy complaint.

Director, Office of Privacy, Governmental Liaison and Disclosure
Internal Revenue Service
Room 7050 OS:P
1111 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20224

BEFORE YOU WRITE, note that we cannot assist you with any type of tax matter. Our office may only address questions about IRS privacy policies or complaints you may have regarding how IRS uses and collects personal information. Do not send in any sensitive information through this correspondence.

However, do include as much information as possible to help with our research and response to your query, as appropriate and known; Include the date of the incident, the date of discovery, and what personal information was affected. IRS takes your privacy concerns very seriously, and will respond fully and timely.


PLEASE NOTE: Do not respond to unsolicited e-mails that claim to come from the IRS, or any e-mail from an unknown party asking you to submit personal, tax, or financial data. The IRS does not use email to request this type of information. Forward suspicious emails to: phishing@irs.gov .

For more information contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 800-366-4484 or visit the TIGTA website.

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 19-Jul-2016