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The Disturbing Truth Behind Your Next Income Tax Return
Bonner & Partners newsletter ^ | March 29, 2014 | Bill Bonner

Posted on 03/29/2014 9:06:12 AM PDT by RicocheT

The Disturbing Truth Behind Your Next Income Tax Return By Jeffrey Tucker, Executive Editor, Laissez Faire Books

The least of the problems with income tax is that it takes your money. The really big problem is that the income tax takes your life. It gives the government direct access to the things you own and sets up the political-bureaucratic sector to be the final arbiter of what you can and cannot consider to be yours.

Illustrating this point is the bitter news that the IRS has considered it completely legal to demand access to your email archive whenever it wants. This news came about because of a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The filing unearthed a 2009 memo that stated outright: "The Fourth Amendment does not protect communications held in electronic storage, such as email messages stored on a server, because Internet users do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such communications."

Forget search warrants and legal processes. In the interest of getting its share, the government can have it all on demand. This assertion was made again in 2010 by the IRS's chief counsel: The "Fourth Amendment does not protect emails stored on a server" and there is "no privacy expectation" on email.

(Excerpt) Read more at bonnerandpartners.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: aclu; emails; impeachnow; incometax; irs; privacy; searchwarrents; taxreturns
The IRS, like all of our big government is way beyond intrusive. No part of our lives is off limits to their inspections and attempts to ensnare us.

Bonner is one of those financial newsletter guys. I just get the emails, I don't subscribe to tip sheets as I prefer to research on my own.

1 posted on 03/29/2014 9:06:12 AM PDT by RicocheT
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To: RicocheT

Just another symptom of a government far too big and far too intrusive in our daily lives. It will only get worse as a bloated federal government looks for more things to do to interfere in our lives. A government like this develops it’s own sense of arrogance as to what is best for us serfs.

Helluva way to start a new century.


2 posted on 03/29/2014 9:13:28 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: RicocheT
...because Internet users do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such communications.

Yes we do.

Arbitrary assumption on the IRS' part. So typical of socialist/commie/fascist regimes.

3 posted on 03/29/2014 9:13:29 AM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: RicocheT

A friend of mine does his email through some obscure server in Germany.
I hate google!


4 posted on 03/29/2014 9:16:47 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: RicocheT

The executive branch of the fed government, and all of the alphabet soup agencies under it, are completely out of control, and they know it. This is how dictatorships in third world countries begin and take power.

All it takes is complacency and greed to bring it all down.


5 posted on 03/29/2014 9:20:59 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: RicocheT

And liberals STILL think that Obama and his cronies are great.


6 posted on 03/29/2014 9:21:06 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: RicocheT

The very fact the IRS wants intimate details of your financial data is why we need major income tax reform—that data could be used for nefarious purposes, as we all know so well from their targeting of conservative 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) groups in 2010 to (possibly) now.


7 posted on 03/29/2014 9:21:17 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: RicocheT

I get it that the IRS is evil and the income tax system is screwed up, but I fail to see how they would gain a dime by reading my email?

There is nothing in the average person’s email that could be taxed. There is no taxes due that would be exposed in email.

Kind of a stupid starting point for the article if you ask me.


8 posted on 03/29/2014 9:21:54 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Beagle8U
"There is no taxes due that would be exposed in email."

You aren't seeing the big picture here. It totally opens the floodgates to blackmail, and puts everyone at the IRS's "mercy".

9 posted on 03/29/2014 9:27:17 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: RicocheT

If may be so bold:

People that opt for ‘electronic deposit’ of tax refunds are fools. .02

Think about it.


10 posted on 03/29/2014 9:28:11 AM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: RicocheT

People think their email should be private because of the history and tradition of the US mail being private.

What they don’t realize is that the tradition of the US mail having 4th amendment protection is because it’s statutory. The postal acts that created our mail system specifically provides that 1st class mail is private and protected from warrantless searches by law.

The solution to this problem of alphabet soup agencies snooping through our email is the same. We the people must demand that Congress statutorily extend the same protection to our email that 1st class mail has.


11 posted on 03/29/2014 9:29:04 AM PDT by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with violence, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: Slump Tester

OK? I don’t have anything in my email to be blackmailed over either, but OK.


12 posted on 03/29/2014 9:29:39 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
And liberals STILL think that Obama and his cronies are great

No they don't. RINO backstabbing globalist elitists have not given them an alternative worth switching to. Cruz/Paul or Paul/Cruz could do that.

13 posted on 03/29/2014 9:30:04 AM PDT by grania
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To: grania

Yes, they do. His approval numbers are still high among Rats.


14 posted on 03/29/2014 9:35:01 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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BFL


15 posted on 03/29/2014 9:37:29 AM PDT by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

My point is that a lot of Dems would abandon Obama if the ‘pubs gave them a clear reason to do so. They’re not going to switch over for endless war, corporate handouts, and an HOR so incompetent that it can’t or won’t even stop the funding of Obamacare.


16 posted on 03/29/2014 9:39:24 AM PDT by grania
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To: grania

You would think that Reagan would be proof that the country WANTS a true conservative president.


17 posted on 03/29/2014 9:47:38 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Beagle8U
Here is a plausible scenario. If I moonlight by providing a service that is cash only to numerous separate customers then there is no financial record of the earnings, so the IRS does not get their viggerish. But if they look in my e-mails and see lots of e-mails regarding all these meetings at certain times and places they might think that I am not reporting taxable income. Voila! An investigation! And I get to learn how important it is to report all income, whether I like it or not, in our wonderful voluntary tax system. And what the meaning of their motto is: Mein ehre heisst treue.
18 posted on 03/29/2014 9:50:41 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: jeffc

If I wanted the IRS to read my email I would copy them on every email I send.

Maybe I will start a new email account and do just that. I will save them the time of ever having to go through my provider and just cc them on lots and lots of frivolous email since they believe they are entitled to it anyway.

If one million conservatives did just that every single day... And remember, we are just trying to help out for God and country and all that.


19 posted on 03/29/2014 9:55:59 AM PDT by FerociousRabbit
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To: RicocheT

Yet we aren’t even allowed to see Ubama’s college records.


20 posted on 03/29/2014 9:56:43 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.")
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To: 17th Miss Regt

In the coming days there will be encrypted decentralized email for everyone so this will never be a concern.


21 posted on 03/29/2014 9:58:05 AM PDT by TsonicTsunami08 (SEND BITCOIN 1CYfujvffxKKPHKvrQvLP3CDb3Z5Lu7LwM Funny Money)
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To: Beagle8U

Sell anything in the internet?


22 posted on 03/29/2014 10:05:44 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (There should be a whole lot more going on than throwing bleach, said one woman.)
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To: Trailerpark Badass; Beagle8U

Or buy anything and not pay sales tax to your state? If the feds can get the info, so can the state. FWIW, I always claim a non-taxed amount on my state return - just safer that way. Not worth giving “them” any reason to start nosing around.


23 posted on 03/29/2014 10:12:35 AM PDT by Patriotic1 (Dic mihi solum facta, domina - Just the facts, ma'am)
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To: RicocheT
kinda like saying your credit card records are on a server so you have no expectation of privacy there either... can the states be far behind???
24 posted on 03/29/2014 10:25:06 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: TsonicTsunami08

And will the encryption algorithms all have an NSA mandated back door?


25 posted on 03/29/2014 10:32:31 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: Beagle8U

What about receipts for goods purchased without paying sales tax?


26 posted on 03/29/2014 10:52:37 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: RicocheT

All the myriad of govt agencies can get all of our information by snapping their fingers but yet the IRS tells congress it will take “years” to pass on the e-mails of one IRS employee in an investigation into the corruption of the IRS. Something is wrong with this picture. We now have a government of the people for the government, and by the government.


27 posted on 03/29/2014 11:03:04 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: Trailerpark Badass

Nope.


28 posted on 03/29/2014 11:12:13 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: carriage_hill

I doubt the IRS cares about that.


29 posted on 03/29/2014 11:14:18 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: RicocheT
Here's the REAL problem - today's problem...

THE IRS HAS BECOME THE ENFORCEMENT ARM OF CORRUPT DEMOCRAT LIBERAL ELITES...

The IRS is being used to punish Obama's political opponents. That's wrong - and it's against the law.

30 posted on 03/29/2014 11:28:55 AM PDT by GOPJ (Save Your Country , Fire A Democrat - freeper molso209)
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To: Beagle8U
Ever heard of planted evidence? If the gov't wants to set you up it doesn't matter what you say you have in your eMail or on your server, if they say "look what we found on your server." Prove you didn't send that eMail or download that file!

Given the cookies and adware that build up seemingly innocuously and surely unwittingly over time, you would be surprised to see what is actually on your computer that any gov't hack wanting to set you up could crawl in there and get and use as evidence against you for their purposes -- and in their minds do so without a warrant.

You'll find yourself in the position of needing to prove that your didn't have what the say you have -- and every filing you make to them that says "Under penalty of perjury ... " places you in that uncomfortable position of having to prove your innocence whether you like it or not.

This is not a time for mis-placed self-satisfaction.

FReegards!


31 posted on 03/29/2014 11:35:22 AM PDT by Agamemnon (Darwinism is the glue that holds liberalism together)
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To: RicocheT

Taxes and a Civilized Society
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmYXEwbK1k0&list=UUFDlhK80EdO28R-iGTXiGaw

ALVIN YORK AND THE IRS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDrBWPI1Ctk&list=UUFDlhK80EdO28R-iGTXiGaw


32 posted on 03/29/2014 12:00:26 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: 17th Miss Regt

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Dan Larimer is the core developer and I can say with 100% certainty that there is no mandated back door to Keyhootee.

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33 posted on 03/29/2014 12:43:24 PM PDT by TsonicTsunami08 (SEND BITCOIN 1CYfujvffxKKPHKvrQvLP3CDb3Z5Lu7LwM Funny Money)
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To: Valpal1

Excellent point. It’s the sort of thing that Rand Paul could be useful in sponsoring in the Senate.


34 posted on 03/29/2014 1:44:21 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 17th Miss Regt

An invasion of privacy works both ways, though. If I think someone is snooping on my e-mail communications then I can give them a lot of interesting things to read. LOL.


35 posted on 03/29/2014 2:50:37 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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