The Internal Revenue Service needs to improve its efforts in investigating whether its own employees are inappropriately accessing taxpayer data, according to a new government report.

The report, which was publicly released Tuesday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, found that the IRS should improve its processes for ensuring that its audit trails effectively support investigations of unauthorized access of taxpayer data to allow IRS management to identify noncompliant activity and hold employees accountable. TIGTA's report did acknowlegde that the IRS is working to correct the weaknesses in its ability to determine whether its employees are inappropriately accessing taxpayer data, but added that the IRS can and should do more.

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