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Under pressure from Congress, IRS suspends Equifax contract

Under pressure from Congress, IRS suspends Equifax contract

The IRS suspended a $7.25 million contract with the credit reporting company Equifax Friday after members of Congress complained the tax agency had awarded a no-bid contract to a company that recently had a massive data beach.

The IRS had contracted with Equifax to validate the identity of taxpayers communicating with the agency on the telephone or through its website.

In a statement Friday, the IRS said it suspended the contract as "a precautionary step" while the agency reviews the company's security systems.

"During this suspension, the IRS will continue its review of Equifax systems and security," the statement reads. "There is still no...

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