The Internal Revenue Service met with a group of state tax administrators and tax industry leaders Tuesday to discuss additional steps they are taking for next tax season to strengthen safeguards against identity theft and tax refund fraud.

The public-private sector partnership announced success in identifying and testing more than 20 new data elements on tax return submissions that will be shared with the IRS and the states to help detect and prevent identity-theft related filings. In addition, the software industry is putting in place enhanced identity requirements and validation procedures for their customers to protect accounts from identity thieves.

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