The Internal Revenue Service has established new electronic filing rules that it hopes will help quickly identify fraud schemes such as phishing.

The IRS wants authorized e-file providers who fall into one of three categories to submit an Excel spreadsheet by August 9 encrypted using WinZip 9 with password protection. The rule applies to providers who have a Web site to e-file returns, portal companies, and electronic return originators that obtain taxpayer information directly or through third parties to e-file returns.

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