Originally Posted by markk
I used TT last year and was wondering do you think it is safe for this year regarding the recent news?
It depends on what kind of assurance you are asking for.
Filling in forms by hand and mailing to IRS is probably the most secure avenue. There are just two copies (yours and theirs). But you could be robbed, misplace the forms, and so on. Maybe that is not the most secure solution in your case.
Then there is the online version of tax software. The number of possible compromises goes way up. Are all of the network devices between here and there secure? Probably not. Will online tax company be there forever, and adequately protect your data from all foes? Can't say.
If you have the downloaded version of tax software, you have similar risk as above. But your data is stored on your computer. Plenty of risks with that approach too.
I use the downloaded version. I think I can better control the risks when I do that.
In the old days we used to say, "There are two types of users, those who have lost data and those who will lose data." To that we must add, "There are two types of organizations, those who have been compromised, and those who will be compromised."