The Internal Revenue Service has taken steps to correct problems with its oversight of applications for Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers, or ITINs, but more improvements in the program are still needed, according to a new government report.

The report, publicly released Thursday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, found that the IRS is doing a better job of identifying questionable ITIN applications. TIGTA followed up on an earlier audit last year that found IRS supervisors encouraged employees to ignore potential fraud in the ITIN program, mainly from immigrants and their employers applying for the numbers (see IRS Discouraged Employees from Identifying Fraudulent ITIN Applications).

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