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October 5, 2017

Senators bewildered by Equifax's IRS contract

  • An IRS document justifying the award said that the verification information is necessary to prevent tax fraud.
  • WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress expressed bewilderment Wednesday that credit reporting company Equifax, under siege after a data breach affecting more than 145 million people, has received a $7.25 million contract with the IRS to validate the identity of taxpayers communicating with the agency on the telephone or through its website.

    The contract was the source of consternation in House and Senate hearings. Leaders of the Senate Finance Committee also demanded answers to a series of questions they submitted to the agency's commissioner.


     
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