Thursday February 2, 2023 – As Ronald Reagan once said: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” Americans, rely on the government to keep us safe and secure, but we also expect our Constitutional rights to remain intact. The Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) ability to gather taxpayer financial records without a warrant is unconstitutional and a blatant violation of our Fourth Amendment rights and an affront to the freedoms we hold dear.
Our Constitution recognizes our privacy for good reason—to protect us from government interference in our personal lives. Yet, when it comes to tax investigations, courts essentially give carte blanche authority to the IRS allowing them to seize and search through private financial information without regard for constitutional limits.
Digitization has only made this problem worse; with the IRS able to access digital records with relative ease, it has become increasingly difficult for taxpayers to protect their own financial information from unwarranted invasion. Yet Congress continues to pass legislation that grants the IRS even greater powers when it comes to collecting taxes, including bills requiring reporting on payments as low as $600 and providing chauffeurs for the IRS commissioner.
To deny Americans their right to privacy undermines centuries-long victories safeguarding liberty and diminishes our national character altogether; something every American should be fighting against before it’s too late!
Attorney Steven A. Leahy examines the IRS invasion of taxpayer privacy on Today’s Talk Talk.