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IRS eFile Audit

46% of IRS Free e-file Sites Receive Failing Grades
Tax Payers Need to Think Before Filing

In early February 2016, OTA commissioned an audit of the 13 IRS "approved" free file e-file tax sites for compliance against auditing methodology developed by the Online Trust Alliance. The audit evaluated the IRS Free File e-file services against both OTA's 2016 Online Trust Audit methodology as well as the IRS's security mandates with data analysis running from February 2 through February 18.*

Overview Briefing Deck (March 8, 2016)    Recorded Webinar (YouTube March 8, 2016)

Click for the 2016 eFile Audit Report


2016 Free File e-file Audit & Honor Roll (PDF)

e-File Press Release (February 24, 2016)

WSJ Breaking Story - Six of 13 IRS-Approved Tax Preparers Fail Cybersecurity Test 

Webinar Briefing - March 8th - 8 AM & 3 PM PST.

Tips to Help Keep Safe During Tax Season (Consumer Advisory)

Tips for Businesses & Tax Filing Professionals

Related Research & Reports

2015 Online Trust Honor Roll (Independent audit of nearly 1,000 sites including top online retailers, banking, social and government sites)

2016 Presidential Candidate Audit (audit of the 23 Presidential Candidates as of September 2015)

2016 Methodology

* Note while there are hundreds of other e-file tax sites and providers, for the context of this research the term “e-file” refers only to the 13 free e-file sites listed on IRS.gov