The IRS is reading your emails according to documents released today
Denver tax attorney Bill Henry helps taxpayers facing IRS and back tax problems. Recent reports from various news organizations suggest that the IRS is reading your emails without a warrant.
FoxNews is reporting that “According to a 2009 IRS employee handbook, the tax agency says the Fourth Amendment does not protect emails because Internet users don’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such communications.” Read more.
Likewise, the ACLU, the organization that made the Freedom of Information Request is reporting that “the IRS believed that the Fourth Amendment did not apply to email at all.” Read more.
According to attorney Bill Henry, “the IRS enforces the tax law and therefore acts like the ‘tax police’ and is not above the Constitution. The Fourth Amendment protects all taxpayers against unlawful search and seizures, which includes the right to privacy in your email communication.”
“Unfortunately, taxpayers need protection against IRS collection practices,” Bill said, “whether it is a bank levy or an IRS wage garnishment, or an unlawful search and seizure, taxpayers need protection from the IRS.”