The Internal Revenue Service on Friday admitted that it inadvertently released a set of taxpayer information related to some nonprofits and other tax-exempt organizations. Wall Street Journal report It states that as many as 120,000 individuals may have been affected by this error.
The erroneously leaked data did not include social security numbers, “detailed account holder information,” or personal income tax returns, the IRS said in a statement, but form 990- used by tax-exempt entities. It included information from T reporting unrelated business income.
Only 501(c)(3) organizations are required to make Form 990-T available for public inspection. An error allowed data from some non-501(c)(3)s to be available for bulk download through the IRS’ tax-exempt entity search portal, the agency said.
“In some cases, the data includes a person’s name and business contact information,” the IRS said, adding that the agency has now removed the files from public view on its website and sent affected taxpayers It added that it would contact them directly. “The IRS continues to investigate this situation.”
According to the Journal, the incident also revealed information about business income in certain individual retirement accounts reportable on Form 990-T. The IRS statement did not confirm that was the case. The journal also said the Treasury Department plans to notify “principal members of Congress” of the accidental disclosure.
Spokespeople for the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees the IRS, and the Senate Finance Committee did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
A Treasury Department spokesperson referred CNN to the IRS statement.