GAO Reports  
GGD-99-164 August 30, 1999

Taxpayer Confidentiality: Federal, State, & Local
Agencies Receiving Taxpayer Information

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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