This is some seriously scary stuff. “Flew under the radar” my ass. I can’t see how anyone in their right mind would want the IRS to be able to sell their tax-return information. (I can see how H&R Block or Jackson Hewitt would, however.)
You want to talk about something ripe for abuse? It’s already hard enough for some people to find a job when they have to endure a drug test, then a credit check and then an FBI screening. Now you want to make IRS records available for sale? That’s as bad as selling a list of who you’ve called form your cell-phone.
You want to do something, then do it and fast:
Although the formal comment period for the proposed rule change ended March 8, IRS spokesman William Cressman said late comments “may receive consideration if they are sent to the IRS promptly.” Consumer advocates urge taxpayers who oppose the changes to contact the IRS and Washington lawmakers.
If you have a comment on the proposed IRS rule that would allow sale of tax return information, contact:
Dillon Taylor, Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Procedure and Administration), Administrative Provisions and Judicial Practice Division.
Phone: 202-622-7752 or 202-622-4940