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The IRS Sees Everything

June 14th, 2013 - 12:12 pm

I wish I were joking, but no:

The Internal Revenue Service is collecting a lot more than taxes this year — it’s also acquiring a huge volume of personal information on taxpayers’ digital activities, from eBay auctions to Facebook posts and, for the first time ever, credit card and e-payment transaction records, as it expands its search for tax cheats to places it’s never gone before.

The IRS, under heavy pressure to help Washington out of its budget quagmire by chasing down an estimated $300 billion in revenue lost to evasions and errors each year, will start using “robo-audits” of tax forms and third-party data the IRS hopes will help close this so-called “tax gap.” But the agency reveals little about how it will employ its vast, new network scanning powers.

You’re not paranoid. They really are watching everything.

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Of course they're watching everything. And they will until they cross a bridge too far and it really hits the fan.

In the mean time, the wise man enjoys the cloak of incorporation.
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The all seeing "I".
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well let's be sure to give them our health data, too!
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Be reasonable, how else can the death panel do its job effectively? It can't let the anti-Big Govt. type live to drain the health care dollars, can it?
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"Targeting audits by matching tax filings to social media or electronic payments."

So Gibson Guitar and the Tea Parties were just trial runs.
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They could start with their own people. Apparently, some 2% of them abuse their government credit cards, and a similar amount are tax evaders. Oh, and they could go after the White House staff....
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