IRS Seized Millions from Americans Who Weren’t Even Charged with Crimes

The corrupt IRS should be abolished.

You’re going to love this article from the Daily Caller. By love, I mean you’re going to light a pitchfork…

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials seized an estimated $17.1 million from people wrongly thought to be involved in “criminal enterprises,” a government watchdog reported Tuesday. The IRS seized the money “to disrupt and dismantle criminal enterprises,” but funds involved in 91 percent of the 278 investigations by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) were obtained legally, the report said.

“Most people impacted by the program did not appear to be criminal enterprises engaged in other alleged illegal activity,” a TIGTA statement said. “The report also concludes that the rights of some individuals and businesses were compromised in these investigations.”

“When property owners were interviewed after the seizure, agents did not always identify themselves properly, did not explain the purpose of the interviews, did not advise property owners of any rights they might have, and told property owners they had committed a crime at the conclusion of the interviews,” the statement continued.

91%. 91% of the investigations showed the money involved was obtained legally, but the IRS took it anyway. Had it been 10%, that would have been embarrassing enough. 50.1%, and someone should be fired even though you and I both know that a government employee won’t be. But ninety-one percent, and this is the first we’re hearing of it.

… Is there a better example of “taxation is theft?” I mean other than the existence of the IRS in the first place?

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