IRS Pilot Project Aims to Reduce Identity Theft
In an effort to address identity theft issues, the IRS and Treasury Department have started a 2-year pilot project for 2009-2010 (IRS Notice 2009-93), that would permit, but not require, the use of a truncated Social Security Number (SSN) number on paper copies of the Form 1098 series, the Form 1099 series, and the Form 5498 series. The pilot project is only available for paper filings of these types of payee statements. It would allow SSNs, or other 9-digit IRS tax identifying number, to be truncated by replacing the first five digits of the 9-digit number with asterisks or Xs (for example, a social security number 123-45-6789 would appear on the paper payee statement as ***-**-6789 or XXX-XX-6789).
During the pilot project, the Agencies will seek comments until May 1, 2010, on whether this program would be useful in reducing identity theft, and whether it would be appropriate for electronic filings, as well.
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