Yesterday, we reported that the IRS is illegally freezing tax refunds. They are playing more illegal games, as well. The Tacoma News Tribune, , :
As it hunted down tax scofflaws, the Internal Revenue Service collected information on the political party affiliations of taxpayers in 20 states.
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a member of an appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over the IRS, said the practice was an “outrageous violation of the public trust” that could undermine the agency’s credibility.
As Murray is a Democrat, he is likely to be unaware that the agency has no credibility with the majority of Americans, anyway. We are at least comforted by this:
“The bottom line is that we have never used this information,” said John Lipold, an IRS spokesman. “There are strict laws in place that forbid it.”
But then again, the IRS proudly violates the Fifth Amendment, so Libold’s assurance can’t be accepted at face value.
The one amusing point is that a lot of Libertarians will be unaffected by this, as ballot access restrictions have effectively outlawed the LP as a political party in many states.