No, it’s not Tax Reform – yet – but the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has proposed obscuring employee social security numbers on their W-2 form. Under the proposal, the first five digits would be obscured or replaced with a symbol, while the last four digits would remain clear. According to the IRS, the goal is to protect employees from identity theft. If approved, the tax collection agency would incorporate the changes into its current forms and instructions. I know it’s not the kind of change we all want, but as the old saying goes: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with but one step!” The proposed rule was published on September 20 and the public comment period is open until December 18 of this year.