Federal, state, and local agencies are authorized to receive from the
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) information on taxpayers that they need
to assist in their administration and enforcement of laws. These
agencies are required to protect the confidentiality of the information
they receive and to implement safeguards to prevent unauthorized access,
disclosure, and use. This report discusses (1) which federal, state, and
local agencies receive taxpayer information from IRS; (2) the type of
information they receive; (3) how that information is being used; (4)
what policies and procedures the agencies are required to follow to
safeguard that information; (5) how often IRS is to monitor agencies'
adherence to the safeguarding requirements; and (6) the results of IRS'
most recent monitoring efforts.
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