Congress to Crack Down on IRS Wannabees

Posted on 23. Apr, 2007 by in News, Taxes

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If you’re like most Americans, the first place you go when trying to reach the IRS website is www.irs.com. Of course, you’d soon realize than you weren’t at the IRS homepage, but at the “#1 Independent Tax Source on the net.” It’s this type of confusion that led the House of Representatives to vote 407-7 in favor of expanding the the prohibition against using the Treasury names and symbols online.

Technically, it’s always been illegal to impersonate the US Treasury and use its name or symbols. But as more Americans are logging online to do their taxes, more “entrepreneurs” are popping up trying to trick you into giving them your money instead of Uncle Sam. This new bill would cause anyone caught to be subject to up to $25,000 in civil penalties, as well as a year in jail.

Oh, and on a completely unrelated note, another section of the bill states that if the IRS discovers that an individuals identity might have been stolen, it has to notify that person “as soon as practicable.” The use of the word “practicable” tells us two things: 1) Letting people know that they might be a victim of identity theft is not terribly high on the government’s priority list, and more importantly, 2) whoever wrote this bill is incredibly pretentious.

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