IRS Collecting Political Affiliation Data

Yesterday, we reported that the IRS is illegally freezing tax refunds. They are playing more illegal games, as well. The Tacoma News Tribune, via Homeland Stupidity, reports the following:

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.

Stephen Gordon

I like tasteful cigars, private property, American whiskey, fast cars, hot women, pre-bailout Jeeps, fine dining, worthwhile literature, low taxes, original music, personal privacy and self-defense rights -- but not necessarily in this order.

  1. The IRS spokesman said “they never use this information”. Then why waste taxpayers money and IRS employees time collecting the information?

    If they collect the information, they have a purpose. What is it?

    Another lie by another sibling of Big Brother.

  2. Agreed.

    To collect and not use means they are either
    A) Stupid and wasting boat loads of money
    B) Not using it now, but plan on using it at the flick of an executive order
    C) Lying through their teeth

    And remember, only people that have something to hide will hide this information… and you’re all fine patriotic Americans right? So just let us know who you’ll be voting for and we won’t have any problems. :)

  3. haven’t seen that I.R.S. Records logo in a long time. now i’ depressed because the IRS is overstepping it’s bounds AND because i’m old.

    thanks a lot.