Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Internal Revenue Service - #3748 - IRS May Share Tax Information with Police to Fight Fraud - Reuters (2) GOP Senators Call on IRS to Explain Tea Party Bullying - The Blaze

THE FOLLOWING STORY HEADLINES ON DRUDGE - BUT NOTE IN ANTI-CAPITALIST ITALY, POLICE ARE STOPPING PEOPLE WITH MORE AFFLUENT AUTOMOBILES, CHECKING FINANCIAL INFORMATION TO DETERMINE IF THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO AFFORD THE CARS THEY ARE DRIVING.
A surge in tax refund fraud and identity theft has prompted the Internal Revenue Service to consider sharing more tax return information with police, a senior official told a congressional hearing on Tuesday. In a move that could spark concerns over personal privacy, the IRS said it is considering a pilot program in Tampa, Florida, where identity theft and refund fraud are rife. "We are limited in what we can supply to local law enforcement," said Steven Miller, deputy IRS commissioner for services and enforcement. Tax return information is normally kept tightly secret by the IRS. Under the program, exceptions could be made, with the permission of victims of identity theft and tax refund fraud, so that bogus tax return documents could be shared with police......In 1976, Congress made it a crime for IRS workers to share taxpayer information. "There was a reason why we are limited in providing to local law enforcement, in an unfettered matter, tax returns," Miller said. "Congress has treated tax return information as sacrosanct." Nina Olson, the national taxpayer advocate at the IRS, supported some information sharing, but cautioned that once local law enforcement has access to taxpayers' returns, they could be shared with other people. Congress should modify the IRS information-sharing prohibition but limit the disclosure of the information for any purpose other than law enforcement, she said. Read entire article........  AW:  Sure I trust the IRS, read article below....


GOP Senators Call on IRS to Explain Tea Party Bullying - The Blaze Twelve GOP Senators have sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Douglas Schulman demanding answers to concerns that the agency may be targeting the Kentucky 9/12 Project specifically, in addition to other conservative-leaning groups.  “It is critical that the public have confidence that federal tax compliance efforts are pursued in a fair, even-handed, and transparent manner – without regard to politics of any kind,” wrote the Senators.  They continued, “It is imperative that organizations applying for tax-exempt status are able to rely on a consistent and foreseeable review structure from the IRS. Any significant changes to the IRS review process should be implemented only after appropriate notice and opportunity for comment from the public and affected parties.”  The move was pushed by Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, joined by Senators Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), John Cornyn (Texas), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.).  Read more........

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