In Eyes of IRS, Your Privacy Rights Are Gone

Monday, 05 Dec 2011 08:29 AM

By Denis Kleinfeld

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Congress has decided that the IRS should have all of your financial and medical information. All this, we are told, is for our benefit.

Gone are the days when the IRS waited for your return and then decided who to audit.

Now the IRS wants to "help" taxpayers file their tax return correctly.

How is the IRS doing this?

Basically, the IRS is requiring that virtually every source of your income is reported directly to them. Then, when you file a return they merely have to match what third parties have filed on you against the information you filed on your tax return.

This is what the IRS commissioner calls a "real-time tax system."

As I have mentioned, the GAO essentially reports that there are serious deficiencies, breakdowns, and everyday non-performance in the IRS systems.

In fact, the IRS hasn't been in compliance with reporting standards mandated by law for the past 15 years.

Any number of GAO reports, among others, have noted the rather long list of problems that are tolerated only because the IRS is a bureaucratic governmental agency.

The blame for all this really falls upon Congress, which has continually piled on evermore incredibly complex tax law while requiring that the IRS take on the burden of being a primary vehicle for the maintenance of welfare state social-engineering policies.

The IRS commissioner recognized this recently when he noted that the IRS has a "service mission" as well as a "compliance mission."

What this means is that the tax system is being used to take money from productive people and "get it out to people."

Just who might those people be? And why does the IRS have as its mission to get money out to them at all?

Additionally, the IRS continues to make many suggestions for "closing the tax gap."

The government touts the IRS as being non-political and non-partisan.

Clearly, if an agency is in the business of closing the tax gap, then it is very much in the middle of the battle between capitalism and socialism.

To facilitate its actual control over all taxpayer and non-taxpayer financial information, the IRS has taken two further steps all on its own.

First, it required tax return preparers to obtain a special identification number. Second, it is going to require that tax preparers for the taxpayers pass examinations that are, of course, set up by an educational testing service for the IRS. The ETS has no known tax background.

Unlike the Bar examinations and the certified public accountant's test where everyone must pass to be accredited, in the tax return preparation profession only private industry will be tested. A separate and unknown standard apparently applies to IRS agents.

The sum total of this appears to be a system where Congress intends for the IRS to control the taxpayer and control the taxpayer’s professional return preparer.

The commissioner readily acknowledges the difficulties faced by the agency because of Congress.

"Lately, we've been given less lead time than optimal, and we've had some heroic efforts to implement some laws...What I advocate is not to overstress the tax system — to make sure that if legislation is passed he we have the time to do the planning to build systems, to train our people and we're given the resources to do the job."

In a very short amount of time, the new healthcare system — Obamacare — will attempt to be administered by the IRS. This will take training some 15,000 new agents in addition to all the bureaucrats that will be needed to oversee this new system.

The consequences of this are that the IRS will have all your financial information and all your medical records.

This is the new tax system. The government tells you what amount of tax you will pay, and what medical services you will or won't get.

Clearly, the income tax system is no longer voluntary and any right to financial or medical privacy you thought you had is gone.

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