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Publication 1075

Tax Information Security Guidelines For Federal, State and Local Agencies

Safeguards for Protecting Federal Tax Returns and Return Information

IRS Mission Statement

Provide America's taxpayers top-quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and enforce the law with integrity and fairness to all.

Office of Safeguards Mission Statement

The Mission of the Office of Safeguards is to promote taxpayer confidence in the integrity of the tax system by ensuring the confidentiality of IRS information provided to federal, state, and local agencies. Safeguards verifies compliance with IRC 6103(p)(4) safeguard requirements through the identification and mitigation of any risk of loss, breach, or misuse of Federal Tax Information held by external government agencies.

Changes for September 2016 Revision

This publication revises and supersedes Publication 1075 (October 2014) and is effective September 30, 2016. Feedback for Publication 1075 is highly encouraged. Please send any comments to SafeguardReports@. Following are the highlighted changes:

1) Editorial changes have been made throughout this document to update website references and links, as well as to renumber sections and to clarify guidance

2) Table of Contents updated. Please find "tables" listed under respective sections rather than at the end of the Table of Contents

3) Section 1.3 ? "Access Safeguards Resources Online" changed to "Access Safeguard Resources"

4) Section 1.3.1 ? Added "Website Resources"

5) Section 1.3.2 ? Added "Mailbox"

6) Section 1.4.1 ? "Federal Tax Information (FTI)" ? Added reference to include the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and IRC 6103(p)(2)(B) Agreements

7) Section 2.7 ? Created Section 2.7.1 "On-Site Review Process" and 2.7.2 "Computer Security Review" to elaborate on the Safeguard Review Process

8) Section 2.9 ? Added "Voluntary Termination of Receipt of FTI"

9) Section 2.9.1 ? Added "Archiving FTI"

10) Section 2.9.2 ? Added "Termination Documentation"

11) Section 3.2 ? Updated "Electronic and Non-Electronic Logs" requirements and deleted duplicate log sample

12) Section 4.4 ? Deleted duplicate paragraph for FTI in transit

13) Section 4.6 ? "Offsite Storage Requirements" ? Updated to show agency-type specific requirements

14) Section 4.7.1 ? "Equipment" - Added exception for use of VDI and updated to include personally-owned devices

15) Section 5.1.1 ? Added "Background Investigation Minimum Requirements"

16) Section 5.4.2 ? Added guidance for use of Consolidated Data Centers

17) Section 5.4.2.1 ? Added all contractor and shared sites to be included in Safeguard reviews

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18) Section 5.4.3 ? Added "Review Availability of Contractor Facilities"

19) Section 6.3 ? Updated "Disclosure Awareness Training"

20) Section 7.2.1 ? Renamed from "SSR Update Submission and Instructions" to "Initial SSR Submission Instructions-New Agency Responsibility"

21) Section 7.2.2 ? Renamed from "SSR Update Submission Dates" to "Instructions for Agencies Requesting New FTI Data Streams" and includes the mandatory requirement for providing evidence of security testing and ATO before the system is operational

22) Section 7.2.3 ? Renamed from "SSR Update Submission Instruction" to "Annual SSR Update Submission Instructions"

23) Section 7.2.2 ? Renumbered "SSR Update Submission Dates" to Section 7.2.4

24) Section 7.4 ? Added table for 45 Day Notification Reporting Requirements

25) Section 7.4.4 ? Removed requirement to notify Safeguards prior to implementing a data warehouse

26) Section 7.4.5 ? "Non-Agency Owned Systems" updated

27) Section 7.4.8 ? Removed requirement to notify Safeguards prior to locating FTI in a virtual environment

28) Section 8.3 ? "Destruction and Disposal" ? Updated section to include new requirements regarding shredding and updated regarding whenever physical media leaves the physical or systemic control of the agency

29) Section 9.2 ? Updated Table 8 for Automated Compliance and Vulnerability Assessment Testing to include profiles used with these tools can be downloaded from the Office of Safeguards' website

30) Section 9.3.1.7(b) ? "Unsuccessful Log On Attempts (AC-7) - Updated automatic lock period to 15 minutes

31) Section 9.3.1.10 ? "Session Termination (AC-12)" ? Updated to show information system must automatically terminate a user session after 30 minutes of inactivity

32) Section 9.3.1.15 ? "Use of External Information Systems (AC-20) ? Updated to reflect personally-owned device requirements.

33) Section 9.3.2.3 ? Added definition of personnel with security roles and responsibilities and added distinction from Section 6.3, Disclosure Awareness and 9.3.2.2, Security Awareness Training (AT-2)

34) Section 9.3.3.8(c) ? "Time Stamps (AU-8)" ? Updated regarding synchronization of

internal information system clocks

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35) Section 9.3.3.10 ? "Audit Record Retention (AU-11)" ? Added clarification on retention

36) Section 9.3.7.3 ? "Device Identification and Authentication (IA-3)" ? Added clarification

37) Section 9.3.8.3 ? Updated Incident Response Testing to remove the word, "systems" as testing requirements apply to both paper and electronic FTI

38) Section 9.3.11.7 ? Updated to reflect 5 year retention period requirement

39) Section 9.3.12.3(c) ? Added to Rules of Behavior (PL-4), "review and update at a minimum annually"

40) Section 9.3.15.6 ? "Security Engineering Principles" (SA-8) - Added clarification of what security engineering principles include

41) Section 9.4.8 ? "Mobile Devices " - Updated to reflect current restrictions with BYOD

42) Section 9.4.9 ? Updated Multi-Functional Devices to include High-Volume Printers

43) Section 9.4.11(g) ? "Storage Area Networks" - changed audit review to weekly

44) Section 9.4.13 ? "Virtual Desktop Infrastructure" ? updated to include agency and non-agency owned requirements

45) Section 9.4.14 ? "Virtual Environment" Removed requirement to notify Safeguards prior to locating FTI in a virtual environment

46) Section 9.4.17 ? "Web Browser" ? Removed requirement a) Private browsing must be enabled on the Web browser and configured to delete temporary files and cookies upon exiting the session

47) Section 10.0 ? Updated Reporting Improper Inspections or Disclosures including Table 9: TIGTA Field Division Contact Information

48) Section 12.1 ? Updated guidelines for agencies authorized to produce statistical reports in "Return Information in Statistical Reports ? General"

49) Exhibit 7 ? "Safeguarding Contract Language" - added additional requirements in Section I Performance and Section III Inspection

50) Exhibit 10 ? Changed to reflect updated SSR Requirements

51) Exhibit 12 ? Glossary and Terms is no longer labeled, but is still found in the back of the publication

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Table of Contents

1.0 Introduction....................................................................................................................................................1 1.1 General.....................................................................................................................................1 1.2 Overview of Publication 1075 ...................................................................................................2 1.3 Access Safeguards Resources .................................................................................................3 1.3.1 Website Resources ..........................................................................................................................3 1.3.2 Mailbox ...............................................................................................................................................3 1.4 Key Definitions..........................................................................................................................4 1.4.1 Federal Tax Information (FTI) ..........................................................................................................4 1.4.2 Return and Return Information........................................................................................................4 1.4.3 Personally Identifiable Information .................................................................................................5 1.4.4 Information Received From Taxpayers or Third Parties .............................................................5 1.4.5 Unauthorized Access........................................................................................................................6 1.4.6 Unauthorized Disclosure ..................................................................................................................6 1.4.7 Need to Know ....................................................................................................................................6

2.0 Federal Tax Information and Reviews ......................................................................................................7 2.1 General .....................................................................................................................................7 2.2 Authorized Use of FTI ...............................................................................................................8 2.3 Secure Data Transfer ...............................................................................................................8 2.4 State Tax Agency Limitations....................................................................................................8 2.5 Coordinating Safeguards within an Agency ............................................................................10 2.6 Safeguard Reviews.................................................................................................................10 2.7 Conducting the Review ...........................................................................................................10 Table 1 ? Safeguard Review Cycle ........................................................................................................11 2.7.2 Computer Security Review Process ............................................................................................12 Table 2 ? IT Testing Techniques ............................................................................................................13 2.8 Corrective Action Plan ............................................................................................................13 2.9 Voluntary Termination of Receipt of FTI ................................................................................14 2.9.1 Termination Documentation...........................................................................................................14 2.9.2 Archiving FTI Procedure (for agencies terminating receipt of FTI but required by statute to retain FTI for designated periods)...........................................................................................................14

3.0 Recordkeeping Requirement ? IRC 6103 (p)(4)(A)...............................................................................15 3.1 General ...................................................................................................................................15 3.2 Electronic and Non-Electronic FTI Logs ..................................................................................15

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