TurboTax Glitch Leaks Personal Information

The deadline to file your taxes is next week and now a Nebraska woman has discovered a shocking flaw with a website thousands of people use to prepare their taxes.

The woman who only wants to go by Jennifer says she discovered a key to the backdoor of some tax returns filed online through TurboTax.

Jennifer attempted to access some past filings, and the route she took online, opened returns for several other people with the same last name, but different first initials.

There on her screen she could check out others' bank accounts, routing digits and social security numbers.

An Omaha based official with TurboTax’s parent company says the inadvertent access to some tax files came as a shock.

Gordon Whitten, TurboTax says, "We think it was a quirk, an individual circumstance as far as we know. So what we did is we took that link down in the product for now until we can fully investigate to make sure the issue won't happen again to anybody else."

Jennifer who discovered Error on Turbo Tax Site says. "For a bad guy to get this information would mean they could retire rich and happy."

This did not involve the TurboTax software, only the website.

Turbo tax has not received any reports of customer accounts being accessed by identity thieves.


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