What is IRS Section 7216?

Has anyone been visited by the IRS to determine compliance with IRS privacy regulations (Section 7216).  The IRS privacy code requires that all taxpayer information be kept strictly confidential.  Having a taxpayer’s documents with social security numbers visible on a desk in a public area (e.g. the receptionist’s desk) is a violation.  Keeping client files in an unlocked file cabinet which is accessible to others, including janitors is a violation.  Even providing your clients names and addresses to a mailing service to mail our your client newsletter is a violation.

What are you doing to comply?

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