UNITED STATES: ‘ IRS Wrongly Withheld Information in Hundreds of Freedom of Information Cases ‘
#AceFinanceNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – October 06 – The Internal Revenue Service wrongly withheld or failed to adequately search for records in hundreds of Freedom of Information Act requests, while accidentally releasing sensitive taxpayer information in other instances, an independent government watchdog found.
In a review of IRS compliance with the Freedom of Information Act released Thursday, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) reported the agency “was not consistent in its service to individuals who requested information under the FOIA/Privacy Act.”
TIGTA sampled FOIA requests to the IRS and found 11 percent “in which taxpayer rights may have been violated because the IRS improperly withheld or failed to adequately search for and provide information to the requests.”
“When the sample results are projected to their respective populations, approximately 336 FOIA/Privacy Act and 17 I.R.C. § 6103 information requests may have had information erroneously withheld,” the report states.