On 19 April 2019, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (“TIGTA”) released a report on Electronic Authentication Security Controls (Link).
This audit was initiated to evaluate whether the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has properly implemented secure electronic authentication controls in accordance with Federal standards for public access to IRS online systems. Inter alia, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act International
Data Exchange Systems – Form 8966, FATCA Report, for Download and for Upload have been reviewed.
The bottom line of the report was that the IRS is making progress in improving electronic authentication controls on its public‑facing applications by initiating several risk assessment compliance initiatives and updated authentication processes. Various recommendations made by TIGTA were partially accepted by the IRS.