Hackers breached the IRS’s Get Transcript Online service and obtained the past tax return data of more than 104,000 taxpayers while attempting to access data of more than 200,000 taxpayers. The hackers had previously gained sufficient information from an outside source before trying to access the IRS site, allowing them to clear a multi-step authentication process. According to IRS Commissioner Koskinen, the data obtained will help criminals file more credible appearing false returns that are more likely to evade the IRS’s antifraud filters. The 200,000 taxpayers will receive an IRS letter indicating that criminals have their tax data, and the IRS will offer credit monitoring services to the 104,000 who had their data stolen. After learning of the breach, the IRS shut down the Get Transcript Online service that is used by taxpayers to obtain past tax data for mortgage and college applications. There is currently no date for it to reopen, but transcripts are still available by mail. For more information on obtaining a transcript, go to www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript