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(The Verge)   Can't find last year's tax return? Good news: You can download it directly from the IRS now   (theverge.com) divider line 33
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2014-01-18 09:28:36 AM  
A federal agency is doing something right? Stop the presses!
 
2014-01-18 10:35:36 AM  
Republicans telling us the site is hacked and this is the biggest release of personal information in the history of the world in 3..2..1
 
2014-01-18 02:36:54 PM  
3, 2, 1...before the first hacker downloads some one's last year's return to file a fraudulent this year's return.
 
2014-01-18 02:42:39 PM  
Well at least I keep stuff like that in a nice safe place. Still this should have been done a long time ago when it comes to online availability.
 
2014-01-18 02:47:46 PM  
What was keeping people from submitting fraudulent returns before?  All you have to have is one of the totals from line 20 or whatever and they accept it.  That info was already on the servers.
 
2014-01-18 02:51:28 PM  
Thanks Obama!
 
2014-01-18 02:51:31 PM  

lewismarktwo: What was keeping people from submitting fraudulent returns before?  All you have to have is one of the totals from line 20 or whatever and they accept it.  That info was already on the servers.


Because it was never available to John Q. Public to just sign in and download, that's why.

/lest anyone think I'm against this...I'm not. Just playing devil's advocate. This has been inevitable since taxpayers have been able to file electronic returns with the IRS
 
2014-01-18 02:53:58 PM  
Welcome to 20 year old technology.  Well, now we now fore sure they have a record of our past filings.
 
2014-01-18 02:56:00 PM  
This is going to be wonderful. The Federal government is awesome at creating secure websites.

/not
 
2014-01-18 03:00:17 PM  
If you click the button marked "Blank Form" you also get Mitt Romney's tax return

/ boom
 
2014-01-18 03:08:43 PM  
Now when they let us e-File without going through a 3rd party, we'll be getting somewhere.
 
2014-01-18 03:09:25 PM  
One of the benefits of paying taxact.com for premium filing is that they will keep your return indefinitely for you to refer to later. There goes that business model...
 
2014-01-18 03:10:07 PM  
You can also directly download the form that you need to fill out in order to complete your taxes instead of wasting money on Turbo Tax or similar crap.
 
2014-01-18 03:11:46 PM  
Thanks Obama.
 
2014-01-18 03:12:34 PM  

GentDirkly: One of the benefits of paying taxact.com for premium filing is that they will keep your return indefinitely for you to refer to later. There goes that business model...


In sure the people willing to pay $12 or whatever it was to store a few PDFs for a year will still be willing to do so.

That's what a USB stick in a fireproof safe is for.
 
2014-01-18 03:12:38 PM  

Stone Meadow: 3, 2, 1...before the first hacker downloads some one's last year's return to file a fraudulent this year's return.


Seems like it would easier to break into a tax services database, which they could have doing for years.
 
2014-01-18 03:16:21 PM  
They always made it a pain in the ass to get prior-year transcripts before. As a tax preparer, it's a big help if I can print that shiat out right there with the client instead of telling them to wait for it in the mail.
 
2014-01-18 03:18:14 PM  

Neeek: Stone Meadow: 3, 2, 1...before the first hacker downloads some one's last year's return to file a fraudulent this year's return.

Seems like it would easier to break into a tax services database, which they could have doing for years.


But you'd actually have to break into that.

With this, it's a question of what information they would ask for to give it to you. Will anyone who has your SSN and basic info be able to get it?
 
2014-01-18 03:52:07 PM  
What if somebody hasn't filled last year's taxes?

/asking for a friend
 
2014-01-18 03:57:33 PM  
Where do I log on? www.theft.gov?  Amirite?
 
2014-01-18 04:06:35 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: You can also directly download the form that you need to fill out in order to complete your taxes instead of wasting money on Turbo Tax or similar crap.


I would not lump turbotax with other crap software. I've saved untold hours with turbotax and the fact that the IRS hasn't been capable enough to offer the same is an indication of why healthcare.gov is shiat
 
2014-01-18 04:13:43 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: You can also directly download the form that you need to fill out in order to complete your taxes instead of wasting money on Turbo Tax or similar crap.


Who uses TurboTax in order to access blank forms?  I can get those from the Post Office if I need them for some arcane reason.

I use TurboTax so that I answer questions and they fill out the forms for me.
 
2014-01-18 04:26:37 PM  

BMFPitt: GentDirkly: One of the benefits of paying taxact.com for premium filing is that they will keep your return indefinitely for you to refer to later. There goes that business model...

In sure the people willing to pay $12 or whatever it was to store a few PDFs for a year will still be willing to do so.

That's what a USB stick in a fireproof safe is for.


Put it on the cloud!
 
2014-01-18 04:37:55 PM  
I been doing Turbo Tax for the past several years. They have all my tax return data.
 
2014-01-18 04:54:43 PM  
140-40-7734
 
2014-01-18 05:14:36 PM  

haterade: 140-40-7734


Whoops heres the right one ***-**-****

/hellohohi
 
2014-01-18 05:26:31 PM  
Can I use the online features to apply for tax exemptions I'm not entitled to and then biatch that I am being discriminated against when the iRS does it's job and refuses me?
 
2014-01-18 06:07:41 PM  

BMFPitt: Neeek: Stone Meadow: 3, 2, 1...before the first hacker downloads some one's last year's return to file a fraudulent this year's return.

Seems like it would easier to break into a tax services database, which they could have doing for years.

But you'd actually have to break into that.

With this, it's a question of what information they would ask for to give it to you. Will anyone who has your SSN and basic info be able to get it?



They probably use the same authentication system that banks use for identity checks.  It asks questions about previous addresses, who's servicing past and present loans you may have, jobs you once had etc.
 
2014-01-18 11:23:41 PM  
Silly.
Go to the IRS site and download tax returns.
Go to the NSA site and download tax returns and so much more. One stop shopping.

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2014-01-19 01:01:21 AM  
Dear taxpayer,

We thought about sending you your last return, but...

Since the nsa has records of everything you've earned and spent last year,

We realized we didn't really need you.

So, we did your taxes and charged the credit card number we got from Target.

Your receipt is attached.

Your friend, the irs
 
2014-01-19 06:32:57 AM  

Stone Meadow: 3, 2, 1...before the first hacker downloads some one's last year's return to file a fraudulent this year's return.


I heard that someone called "Trinity" hacked the IRS d-base a long time ago.


/Thought she was a guy
 
2014-01-19 11:12:44 AM  
NO
I
CAN'T
 
2014-01-19 11:24:00 AM  

Jake the Steak: Stone Meadow: 3, 2, 1...before the first hacker downloads some one's last year's return to file a fraudulent this year's return.

I heard that someone called "Trinity" hacked the IRS d-base a long time ago.

/Thought she was a guy


That's no guy...

~routergod.com

/yeah, yeah...mixed metaphors, but raaarrrrrrr!
 
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