Taxpayers Exposed To Risk Due To Lack Of IRS Background Checks

An internal federal investigation found that the IRS failed to conduct or to complete IRS background checks on at least 17 contractors who were hired to process sensitive and private taxpayer information. The failure to conduct or complete these background investigations violated IRS procedures, which require IRS background checks whenever contractors have access to what is called SBU — Sensitive But Unclassified — taxpayer information.

IRS Background ChecksThe audit of the IRS background checks procedures was conducted by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, a government watchdog that provides independent oversight of IRS activities. The purpose of the Inspector General’s investigation and report were to find out how effective the IRS had been at ensuring that the required background investigations of contractors were carried out.

The investigation showed that the IRS had failed to ensure that the policies were properly carried out in the identified cases. The Inspector General made several recommendations to the IRS, including that the IRS provide better training to staff on security requirements when dealing with contractors.

The amount of information that may have been comprised due to the IRS’ failure to adequately investigate was huge. It included a CD containing the names, addresses, and social security numbers of 1.4 million taxpayers, which was handed to contractors who had not undergone the required background checks. With that information, someone with the intent to commit identity theft or other crimes could do an enormous amount of damage. Failing to conduct IRS background checks in such a situation violates not only government procedures, but also common sense.

Identity theft is an increasing problem. According to the AP and Yahoo News, the number of criminals who tried to file tax returns using stolen social security numbers in order to claim someone else’s refund has gone up sharply in recent years. A couple of years ago, in fact, the IRS paid out $4 billion in refunds to people who were later found to have fake identities, and it discovered an additional $12 billion in attempted fraud attempts that did not succeed.

Also in recent years, there have been several high-profile incidents involving government contractors who misused the information they had been given while performing the contracted work. This underscores the need for a consistently applied policy of background checks for all workers who will be handling sensitive data.

New InstantCriminalChecks.com Criminal Data Resource Pages Announced

At InstantCriminalChecks.com, we have found that our customers want more than just a fast, easy and efficient way to get quick criminal history check ordering. While we do provide these services and many people have come to rely on our products, we also want to help extend our outreach efforts and work to educate our customers about the criminal history check industry. With this in mind, we have recently launched two new criminal data resource pages on our website.

The first new resource page is the Violent Crime Percentage by State page. Within this resource page, our customers will find reliable, accurate information about the violent crimes that take place on a state-by-state basis. This may help our clients narrow down their searches and better understand where to focus their efforts. In addition, it simply helps them stay informed about the violent crimes that are occurring across the country. Many of our customers are employers, parents, neighbors and business owners. They want to know what is going on within their communities, and use this criminal data in order to stay informed and safe.

The second new criminal data resource page is the Types of Violent Crimes page. On this page, clients can learn more about the different types of violent crimes. This helps them to better understand the data that they receive from us, as well as the information that is provided on other resource pages on InstantCriminalChecks.com. There are four types of violent crimes detailed on this resource page: murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Crime Data

We are excited about these two new resource pages, and we know that our customers will be too. We take pride in the fact that people come to InstantCriminalChecks.com not only for great customer service and accurate, quick criminal history check reports. We love knowing that our customers count on us for information about criminal data, quick criminal history check reports and other background check industry information. We value the trust that our customers place in us as a company, and we are committed to continuing to work to improve our resources for everyone who visits our site.

New Temporary Agency Background Checks Webpage For Staffing Industry

At InstantCriminalChecks.com, we pride ourselves on our diverse client base and our ability to meet the needs of many different types of customers. Recently, we wanted to reach out to recruiting firms, temporary agencies and staffing firms by providing them with specific solutions to their staffing background check needs. With that in mind, we have launched the temporary agency background checks webpage on InstantCriminalChecks.com.

Temporary Agency Background Checks On the temporary agency background checks webpage, those who work with temporary agencies or staffing firms can find the information they need about our national criminal check, state criminal checks and local temp agency background checks. Those who are involved in the recruiting industry know first-hand that many companies that are hiring today are looking for qualified employees who will not pose a risk to the safety of others. This means that many job seekers must provide potential employers with a criminal background check as a part of their application. Our temporary agency background checks allow recruiters and temp agency workers to get the criminal background reports they need in order to place their clients with the best companies.

At InstantCriminalChecks.com, we offer a variety of specific staffing industry background check options. Clients can order a national criminal check, or opt for a county criminal background check. No matter what choice they make, our staffing industry clients can rest easy knowing that they are working with the best staffing criminal background checks provider in the industry. We not only offer instant and accurate criminal reports, but we also value your security and privacy.

Whether you are a veteran at a local temp agency or you are just starting out in the field of recruiting, we welcome you to contact us at any time about the different temporary agency background check services that we provide. We value your feedback, and look forward to working with you.

University Criminal Background Checks are Helping to Keep Schools Safe

At InstantCriminalChecks.com, we recognize the increasing importance of safety within the schools, colleges and universities in our country. With this in mind, we have developed a specialized criminal background check option for educational professionals who want to use background checks to investigate potential employees or future students. We now offer university criminal background checks and education criminal background checks designed specifically by our team of experts for those in the education industry.

University Criminal Background Checks

University Criminal Background Checks

These background checks include information about a person’s criminal records and will also note if the person is listed on the sex offender registry. Customers can choose a one-state criminal report, three-state criminal report or national criminal report when placing their order for a university criminal background check. We have designed these reports to make it easy for employers in the education industry to spot a problem employee before they are hired. We would like every student in the United States to have a chance to learn in a safe, secure classroom, regardless of where they are in their educational journey.

University criminal background checks are commonly used when hiring people to work within a school building. This means that everyone from the janitorial staff through the teachers and up to the principal have been through a criminal background check process. However, more educational institutions across the country are using these same reports on potential students who want to attend their college or university. In an age where security takes the top priority, schools are no longer taking chances about admitting students to their university or college without ensuring that they are a safe and accountable individual.

For more information about the university criminal background checks that we offer and to find out how these criminal checks could possibly help your educational facility, contact one of our customer care representatives today. Our team members will help you make the best decision for your school, college or university, and ensure that you get an instant, accurate report at a fair price.

To read more, please visit the New Education Employment Background Checks Webpage Press Release.

New Criminal Background Check Industry Resources Webpage Portal

InstantCriminalChecks.com Compiles All Resources Into One Complete, Easy-to-Use Criminal Background Check Industry Web Page Portal

Criminal Background Check Industry ResourcesAt InstantCriminalChecks.com, we know that our customers ultimately want a criminal background check that is affordable, accurate and delivered to them instantly. However, we also realize that many of our clients want to know more about the criminal background check industry as a whole and may need additional resources to complete their research. With that in mind, we have created the Public Records Resources Webpage Portal. This webpage compiles all of the best employment check resources and criminal background check industry resources available online in order to help our customers make decisions for their personal and professional lives.

The Criminal Background Check Industry Resources Webpage provides tools and information that will help our customers understand their reports better and maximize their use of the information. The following links are included on this valuable webpage:

  • Background Industry Abbreviations — An alphabetical list of common industry abbreviations.
  • Instant Criminal Checks Glossary — An alphabetical compilation of common terms and definitions in the criminal background check industry.
  • Free Background Check Resources — A list of free resources available to those interested in criminal background checks.
  • Other Resources — A list of resources that might assist customers throughout their search and decision-making process.
  • Fair Credit Report Act Compliance and Forms — Information about FCRA compliance and the forms that customers need to fill out.

We not only want our customers to get the best information from their reports that they receive from us, but we also want to educate them about the criminal background check industry as a whole. With additional resources, our customers can make the best use of their reports and make sound decisions with confidence.

Enhancing the customer experience is our top priority at InstantCriminalChecks.com. We welcome any and all feedback about our new Resources Webpage. Our customer care team is available at any time before, during or after the ordering process, allowing customers to get the care, advice and service that they need whenever they need it. For more information, contact us today.

ICC Rewards Clients, Improves Criminal Background Check Accounts

All clients at InstantCriminalChecks.com are treated equal in the sense that they all receive the best criminal background check results in the shortest amount of time possible. However, as a company we still wanted to reward our repeat customers and high volume clients. With this in mind, we have recently developed and launched a new payment plan system that will be more flexible for our clients and also provide them with high volume discounts.

Criminal Background Check Accounts

Criminal Background Check Volume Discounts

Clients now have the opportunity to set up criminal background check accounts with us, complete with monthly billing payment options. These flexible accounts also provide our clients with more services, such as invoice storage and printing, account history and net 30 payment terms. Clients are able to pay their bills monthly using either a check or credit card, whichever they prefer. As always, InstantCriminalChecks.com provides secure payment options through PayPal as well.

For those who have to order bulk criminal background check reports, InstantCriminalChecks.com has developed a discounted rate. Each discount varies based on the order, the search type, the bundle package and the search volume. Individual clients who are interested in the high volume discount are invited to set up a free consultation appointment with a sales representative from InstantCriminalChecks.com.

Our goal with the new criminal background check accounts and the high volume discount is to provide our customers who have unique needs with a plan catered to them. We recognize that some businesses and organizations require more criminal background check reports than others, and therefore utilize our services more. This is our way of saying thank you for your repeat business and our way of rewarding you for continuing to work with InstantCriminalChecks.com. We consider customer service and satisfaction to be a top priority at InstantCriminalChecks.com, and want to make sure we are constantly improving our services for our most valued customers.

For more information on the criminal background check accounts and high volume discount options, contact us at InstantCriminalChecks.com today to set up your free consultation and to fill out the account application.

To read more, please visit the Criminal Background Check Discount Press Release.