IRS: Thieves May Have Stolen Info From 220,000 Additional Tax Accounts

It's three times the initial amount disclosed by the IRS.

The IRS revealed in May that thieves accessed 114,000 tax accounts through the IRS "Get Transcript" application, a program to acquire information about your tax returns. Today, the IRS said a recent review revealed thieves may have had access to approximately 220,000 additional tax accounts, bringing the total number of victims up to 334,000 -- three times the original amount.

The breach was discovered in May, and the IRS informed the 114,000 individuals whose tax accounts were compromised. The IRS also shut down the "Get Transcript" program in May.

The IRS said it will mail letters to the taxpayers whose accounts may have been accessed and will provide free credit monitoring services. The review also identified an additional 170,000 suspected failed attempts to access the application.

"The IRS is moving aggressively to protect taxpayers whose account information may have been accessed," the IRS said in a statement.