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The IRS can seize bank accounts without filing criminal charges

October 26, 2014

 IRSEven when you consider the IRS targeting scandal this New York Times story might just be the most egregious abuse of power by the IRS and it just might dwarf the aforementioned scandal.

  If the above-linked story is true the IRS is seizing the bank accounts of some small business owners without even alleging a crime has been committed and in some cases no charges are ever brought forward.

  Here is more:

For almost 40 years, Carole Hinders has dished out Mexican specialties at her modest cash-only restaurant. For just as long, she deposited the earnings at a small bank branch a block away — until last year, when two tax agents knocked on her door and informed her that they had seized her checking account, almost $33,000.

The Internal Revenue Service agents did not accuse Ms. Hinders of money laundering or cheating on her taxes — in fact, she has not been charged with any crime. Instead, the money was seized solely because she had deposited less than $10,000 at a time, which they viewed as an attempt to avoid triggering a required government report.

  How can the IRS do this? Carole Hinders also wonders the same thing and this is what they are doing:

“How can this happen?” Ms. Hinders said in a recent interview. “Who takes your money before they prove that you’ve done anything wrong with it?”

The federal government does.

Using a law designed to catch drug traffickers, racketeers and terrorists by tracking their cash, the government has gone after run-of-the-mill business owners and wage earners without so much as an allegation that they have committed serious crimes. The government can take the money without ever filing a criminal complaint, and the owners are left to prove they are innocent. Many give up.

  So, the IRS can take your money without ever charging you with a crime and you are guilty until you prove yourself innocent! This is akin to Operation Choke Point, a program the government instituted to crack down on credit card fraud but which also was used to target firearms dealers, and is just as dastardly if not properly implemented–which apparently it has not been.

  The Federal government has supposedly stopped using Operation Choke Point to target firearms dealers and now that this story has come to light the IRS has promised to curtail this as well. But do you trust this agency?

  What do you think the chances are the IRS was checking the party affiliation of the persons whose bank accounts they stole? 

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. Petermc3 permalink
    October 26, 2014 6:35 pm

    Their chances of having their confiscated funds returned? I believe it’s called a snowball’s chance in hell.

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  2. Dr. Jeff permalink
    October 26, 2014 7:33 pm

    I hate to say it, but IIRC this was begun as part of Reagan’s war on drugs. The idea was that when a drug dealer was caught, they could confiscate his ill gotten gains even if there was no evidence to link the crime to the assets.

    It’s been rather broadly applied since then, including cross country travelers carrying cash who have been stopped for defective tail lights, etc.

    It’s wrong. A complete abuse of our justice system. Despite numerous news stories of abuse over the years, no one has attempted to change the law. Even more striking, the law has withstood all of the court challenges.

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    • October 27, 2014 5:51 am

      Thanks for the info Dr. Jeff. This might have started off with good intentions but it was not right then and it seems to have only gotten worse over the years.

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  3. October 26, 2014 7:51 pm

    This is just the tip of the Ice berg. There is a family from around Phila who got up in the forfeiture nonsense when their adult child got involved in the drug business. He lived at home so the feds think they have a right to the home. This is a big time story. Too bad even Fox couldn’t find the time for it as far as I can tell. Yep, we are on the same page indeed. !!

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  4. MaddMedic permalink
    October 26, 2014 11:19 pm

    Reblogged this on Freedom Is Just Another Word….

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  5. agent provocateur permalink
    October 26, 2014 11:21 pm

    Reblogged this on Nevada State Personnel Watch and commented:
    Get you AR15’s ready!

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  6. October 27, 2014 9:03 am

    Reblogged this on Abolish the Corporate Government of 1871!.

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  7. October 27, 2014 12:36 pm

    Reblogged this on Taking Back America.

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  8. LD Jackson permalink
    October 27, 2014 8:11 pm

    I have a major problem with these kinds of confiscations. Even though they have “passed” constitutional muster, I fail to see how they could have possibly done so. Another sign that our government is far beyond its original purpose and intent.

    Liked by 2 people

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