The IRS just recently released an audit of its seizure procedures. Let's just say, as applied, the results aren't pretty when fighting IRS seizures.
We reviewed a random sample of 50 of the 578 IRS seizures conducted from July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2009, to determine whether the IRS is complying with legal and internal guidelines when conducting seizures. Our review included a total of 58 guidelines for each seizure.
In the majority of IRS seizures, the IRS followed all guidelines applicable to the respective case. However, in 17 seizures, we identified 22 instances in which the IRS did not comply with a particular I.R.C. requirement.
The Inspector General hedges this awful result by claiming:
"While we did not identify any instances in which the taxpayers were adversely affected, not adhering to legal and internal guidelines could result in abuses of taxpayers’ rights."
Hmmm. Call me cynical, but I guess I don't trust the IRS to determine if taxpayers' rights have been abused.
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