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As reported in the NY Times, the IRS is now taking it upon themselves to determine bank accounts as “suspicious” if someone makes a deposit of just under $10,000.
Since the IRS regularly tracks accounts (with the help of banks, who report any activity of large amounts) making deposits greater than $10,000… because, that, too is “suspicious” to them. I guess anyone who has any money besides them or their puppeteers is considered suspicious.
Banks filed over 700,000 reports last year pointing to accounts that had large amounts of money going in or coming out.
On average, it is reported that the IRS seizes around $34,000, according to an analysis by the Institute for Justice.
Besides the fact that it would easily cost $20,000 or more to fight the government to get their money back, most people are too scared to do it, because of the unfair, bullying scare tactics they use.
Carole Hinders, from Iowa has owned a modest cash-only restaurant for the past 40 years. 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 bullying thug 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. Can you say illegal? How long with this unconstitutional and illegal nonsense be allowed to continue?
“How can this happen?” Ms. Hinders asked incredulously, in a recent interview. “Who takes your money before they prove that you’ve done anything wrong with it?” Welcome to the America where you are GUILTY until proven INNOCENT in more cases than not! That includes getting pulled over while traveling along, minding your own business to get tickets, as well.
In a recent response to questions from The New York Times, the IRS announced that it would curtail the practice, focusing instead on cases where the money is believed to have been acquired illegally or seizure is deemed justified by “exceptional circumstances.” It seems to me the IRS can make most any case be an “exceptional circumstance“, being the illegal cronies of Puerto Rico, and not even an American government department… (look that one up!)
Richard Weber, the chief of Criminal Investigation at the IRS, said in a written statement, “This policy update will ensure that C.I. continues to focus our limited investigative resources on identifying and investigating violations within our jurisdiction that closely align with C.I.’s mission and key priorities.” He added that making deposits under $10,000 to evade reporting requirements, called structuring, is still a crime whether the money is from legal or illegal sources. The new policy will not apply to past seizures.
The I.R.S. is one of several federal agencies that pursue such cases and then refer them to the Justice Department. The Justice Department does not track the total number of cases pursued, the amount of money seized or how many of the cases were related to other crimes, said Peter Carr, a spokesman.
But, the Institute for Justice, a Washington-based public interest law firm that is seeking to reform civil forfeiture practices does. When they analyzed structuring data from the IRS, they found the IRS made 639 seizures in 2012, up from 114 in 2005. Only one in five was prosecuted as a criminal structuring case. It’s time for these criminals to go down. But, we must first STAND UP to them!