The IRS announced today that the data breach impacting the online version of the “Get Transcript” application impacted approximately 334,000 taxpayers, not the 104,000 the agency had first said. The IRS will offer free credit monitoring services to victims.
The news story indicates that the breach began last November, not in February of this year as the IRS first thought.
Being a cynic, I wonder if the IRS’s announcement last week regarding free credit monitoring services has to do with today’s announcement. I’m probably wrong; I mean has the IRS done anything in the last couple of years where cynics have been proven right? Maybe I should rephrase that….