The Internal Revenue Service has programs that are supposed to improve its ability to identify taxpayers who represent a potential danger to IRS employees, but many IRS employees are unaware that such protections even exist, according to a new government report.

In 1984, the IRS commissioner assigned the IRS Inspection Service the responsibility of developing a program to improve the IRS’s ability to identify taxpayers who represented a potential danger to IRS employees. The Inspection Service developed the Potentially Dangerous Taxpayer Program and was assigned full responsibility for administering it.

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