IRS Plan to Allow Sale of Taxpayer Data Causes Outcry

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on March 23, 2006

Press release, March 22, 2006: “Following press accounts that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is considering altering privacy protections that would allow tax preparers greater freedom to sell taxpayers’ personal financial information, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today wrote to IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson expressing concern over the agency’s proposals.”
Related references:

  • [Federal Register: December 8, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 235)][Proposed Rules][Page 72954-72964]: “The proposed regulations announce new and additional rules for taxpayers to consent electronically to the disclosure or use of their tax return information by tax return preparers. The proposed rules provide guidelines for tax return preparers using or disclosing information obtained in the process of preparing income tax returns.”
  • Houston Chronicle: IRS plan to allow tax preparers to peddle income tax data if clients approve threatens Americans’ privacy
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