The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) buys?

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) buys demographic market research data from private companies. These data contain income statistics that could be compared to tax returns. Many U.S. citizens feel that their rights are being violated by the agency's use of such information. Is this unethical behavior on the part of the IRS? Discuss

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I personally don't think it is an ethics violation for the IRS to purchase publicly available data on taxpayers.

    It would be unethical for the IRS to SELL its data.

  • 1 decade ago

    It is not so much unethical as it is stupid and a waste of the IRS's time and (our) money. Even if the IRS finds that the tax return differs from the "demographic market research data", this would not prove that the tax return was inaccurate. The "demographic market research data" could be wrong and is definitely hearsay; it would not even be admissible in court.

  • 1 decade ago

    What is your source, please?

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