The IRS Is Seeing Everything You Do Online
By Michael Kling
Friday, 17 May 2013
The IRS may be watching your online activities — including what you post on social media sites, what you sell online, even what you write in emails and text messages.
Some tax experts and civil liberties groups are disturbed by what they call the agency’s secretive practices. Taxpayers know little about how it uses big data and “robo-audits.”
“It’s well-known in the tax community, but not many people outside of it are aware of this big expansion of data and computer use,” Edward Zelinsky, a tax expert at Cardozo Law School and Yale Law School, told U.S. News & World Report.
“I am sure people will be concerned about the use of personal information on databases in government, and those concerns are well-taken.”
Anything you do or say on the Internet can be used against you in IRS enforcement actions, he stressed.