U.S. News & World Report highlighted some more encroaching news this past week in the article "IRS High-Tech Tools Track Your Digital Footprints."
The IRS is "collecting a lot more than taxes this year," the report explained. "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."
It added, "The agency reveals little about how it will employ its vast, new network scanning powers ... sweeping changes being implemented with little public discussion or clear guidelines."
Edward Zelinsky, a tax law expert and a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Yale Law School, explained that taxpayers should understand that whatever they say and do electronically can and will be used against them in IRS enforcement.
And what is the IRS' official response to its gargantuan Big Brother violation of our personal lives?
But Dean Silverman, senior adviser to the IRS commissioner and the head of data analytic efforts at the IRS through the Office of Compliance Analytics, explained last year in a speech to insiders at the Predictive Analytics World for Government conference that the new system will "improve voluntary compliance." (Interpretation of "improve voluntary compliance": bully and threaten citizens into submission.)
Silverman also boasted in trade publications about the IRS' new intrusive monetary reconnaissance: "Private industry would be envious if they knew what our models are."
The last thing American citizens need is more government regulation and overreach into our private lives, pocketbooks, electronic banking and credit card purchases.
What we need now more than ever is not a new electronic way of monitoring taxes or even a complete overhaul of our run-amok taxation bureaucracy. What we need is to shut down the IRS and initiate the FairTax.
The IRS is an unconstitutional system that has no checks and balances; it can't be held accountable to the people, who posses the real power in our republic. Moreover, the present tax code penalizes productivity and cripples entrepreneurs and our capitalist economy. And it is inequitable and unfair in its implementation.
As The Heritage Foundation and countless watchdog organizations have reported, the top 10 percent of income earners pay 70 percent of income taxes, while more than a third of U.S. households pay no income taxes -- and 47 percent pay no federal taxes.