14 April 2006

Further abuses of the IRS

Six Meat Buffet links this story of the IRS's new initiative to allow tax preparation persons to sell your private and personal information to marketing companies.

As if it's not bad enough that our taxes go towards really important programs like - health care for the incarcerated, SSI for the lazy and indolent, and disability benefits for gangbangers who were shot and "cannot work due to their disability" - we must endure the further humiliation of having our personal information sold to unscrupulous advertisers.


If you’re planning on E-filing your tax return this year, you may want to think again. Filing electronically is only going to make it easier for them to sell your tax return to marketing warehouses and make your private inancial information public.


PHILADELPHIA — The Internal Revenue Service is quietly moving to loosen the once-inviolable privacy of federal income-tax returns.
If it succeeds, accountants and other tax-return preparers for the first time would be able to sell information from individual returns — or even entire returns — to marketers and data brokers.
The change is in a set of proposed rules the Treasury Department and the IRS published in the Dec. 8 Federal Register, where the official notice labeled them “not a significant regulatory action.”



Expect more dinner phone calls from telemarketers trying to sell you a time share in Guatemala.

According to the Journal of Accountancy, most of our Tax dollars go towards social spending. We only spend about 5% of our income on military.

2 comments:

%percent spent? said...

I've been hearing creepy things as well about the peddling of our info... why not just send a stool sample along so they have our DNA? Or just rename the damn joint "The Corporate Associated States of Snake-Oil Sales, Inc. LLP. dot.Com!

I would beg to differ somewhat on your pie chart info re: military vs. social spending...

Try some of this pie... ;-)

This pie has it about equal; 30-ish % each category...

Military vs. Social Spending

Economists for Peace and Security (sure to get labeled as some very useful... ______ by you shortly! ;-P

Regardless- keep up the good work on the Blog- nice to stop by hear and be able to sidestep some of the idiocy over at SCC's crib (is that your Kool-Aid PhotoChoppin'?;-)

- ydahS ;-O -

(yah- gotta change those snowflakes on my dormant Blueinyrface... try

16-Inchers

or

mac-crack confessional

for slightly more recent updates... are you gonna pop for an Intel-i-Mac now that Windoze X-Pee can be "boot camp"ed onto the HD ? (so much for my PB AL 1.67 from last July... pfffttttt!)

Anonymous said...

More federal spending needs to go to the V.A. many of our veterans are coming home to substandard medical care,bureaucratic indifference,and little or no assistance reassimilating into civilian life.The dirty little secret of how Illinois treats it's veterans has already been exposed.Let's keep it in the spotlight.Our men and women in the military risk their lives everyday.The best way to honor the troops is to treat them with the honor and respect they have EARNED from a greatful nation.