Thursday, August 27, 2009

IRS Tax Data About Individuals To Be Given Out

Decian McCullough at CBS News reports, "Section 431(a) of the bill says that the IRS must divulge taxpayer identity information, including the filing status, the modified adjusted gross income, the number of dependents, and 'other information as is prescribed by' regulation. That information will be provided to the new Health Choices Commissioner and state health programs and used to determine who qualifies for 'affordability credits.'" This gives bureaucrats at the federal, state and local levels access to your tax information.

He also reports that, "Section 1801(a) says that the Social Security Administration can obtain tax return data on anyone who may be eligible for a 'low-income prescription drug subsidy' but has not applied for it." So, even if you haven't applied for something, the Social Security Administration will be able to rifle through your tax returns.

We all know that bureaucrats are noble people with only the best intentions, right? They are unless you are Joe the Plumber, OJ Simpson or anyone remotely famous.

The original article can be found here and the House bill can be found here and here. Kennedy's Senate version can be found here.

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