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Income Tax Records Vulnerable to Hackers
By Wiley Brooks
October 07, 2015
The Internal Revenue Service said recently that hackers had gained access to the tax returns of more than 300,000 people, a far higher number than the agency had reported previously. The current income tax system continues to make all of us vulnerable to hackers stealing our identities and our tax refunds. Only the FairTax® can stop this invasion of our privacy. Here is a quote from Dan Pilla (founder and director of the Tax Freedom Institute) discussing IRS hacking: "This is just one more reason we have to consider fundamental changes to the tax system. Not even a flat tax will fix the problem of ID theft since a flat tax still requires both the filing of tax returns and the blizzard of information the IRS lusts after. Only a national retail sales tax can solve this massive problem because only that system can once and for all dam the river of data flowing to the federal government." The software used by the IRS is 14 years old. A politically devised bureaucratically controlled government agency cannot keep pace with today's fast-moving high-technology.
Only 27% of purchases are made with cash and that percent is projected to drop to 23% by 2017. Whether purchased with cash, debit or credit the retail industry has efficiently collected revenues for government from the time we became a nation. We do not need a politically corrupted 100,000 collection force with a $12 billion budget to collect federal revenues. Become a member of Americans for Fair Taxation and urge our Congressional representatives to support the FairTax® (H.R. 25/S.155).
Alaska State Director
Americans for Fair Taxation
Received October 06, 2015
- PublishedOctober 07, 2015
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