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Many Americans are concerned about the prospect of the Internal Revenue Service hiring tens of thousands of additional agents to enable the agency to audit a greater number of tax returns and, in the process, presumably encourage more thorough tax compliance.

Some of the concern stems from the mere prospect of the government granting itself more power — power that, in this case, could lead to taxpayers being subjected to further federal intrusion.

Then there’s the fact that many believe the federal government is not serving the best interests of its constituents, but instead simply serving its own interests.

That idea gains further traction when it was discovered that the IRS recently failed to protect confidential taxpayer data.

The Wall Street Journal recently disclosed the tax agency had exposed some confidential data of about 120,000 individuals before discovering the error and removing the data from its website.

According to the Journal report, the IRS and Treasury Department are blaming a human coding for the data breach.

The Journal report indicated that non-public information such as names, contact information and financial information was mistakenly included with public data, but Social Security numbers, full individual income information or other data that could affect a taxpayer’s credit were not.

What occurred should not have happened. Congress, in the days and weeks ahead, must look deeper into what occurred and what’s being done to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

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