An outside advisory committee to the Internal Revenue Service is asking the agency to reinforce its standards for security, privacy and fraud prevention, including “phantom prepared” returns.

In its 2012 Annual Report to Congress, the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee made its number one recommendation that the IRS “reinforce tax industry software technology and infrastructure standards regarding security, privacy, fraud prevention, and e-authentication to promote and safeguard taxpayer data and confidence in the tax system.”

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