Millions of taxpayers are filing their returns online. But how safe is their personally identifiable information?
The IRS lists 15 Free File companies where taxpayers can submit their returns without charge if they meet certain eligibility criteria, such as age, income and state of residence.
Our experts took a closer look at the way these companies approach privacy and the handling of consumer data, and they graded the websites based on how well they protect a person’s personal information.
Each category received a rating of -2, -1, 0, or 1. After a tally, final scores added up to A for 4 points, B for 3 points, C for 2 points, D for 1 point, F for 0 points, and Dropout for -1.
The report card doesn’t endorse the companies, but rather, offers a quick comparison of the way they treat your personally identifiable information.
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