Congressional auditors have uncovered a series of security breaches at the Internal Revenue Service that may jeopardize taxpayer funds, the privacy of IRS records, and the physical safety of employees at the tax service.In a report to Congress, auditors from the U.S. Government Accountability Office revealed a series of troubling practices, including the failure of managers at many Taxpayer Assistance Centers to adequately guard against internal theft by larcenous IRS employees.

The TACs are designed to serve taxpayers who choose to seek help from the IRS in person. These offices are responsible for accepting payments from the public — often in the form of cash — and for forwarding this money to the appropriate IRS service center for processing.

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