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The IRS claims that they can read your emails if they have been “opened or are older than 180 days.” This goes against the court case of U.S. v. Warshak, which stated that governmental agencies need a warrant to access emails and private messages. The IRS claims that this case only applies to the Sixth Circuit, and that they are allowed to read emails because of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Activist Groups are challenging this action, and law makers are currently looking at updating the ECPA to preclude this action.

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The IRS will reportedly be searching Facebook and Twitter in an attempt to discover whether individuals are trying to cheat the system. However, this tiptoes along the line of what had traditionally been thought of as a private space by consumers, one outside the legal reach of government. But has it ever really been private? This may end up setting a legal precedent to prosecuting tax cases based on social media posts. See a video and the link to read the article by clicking “read more.”
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81% of Income Tax Filers file their taxes online. However, the process by which the IRS processes the returns has not been able to keep up with the times. Because the IRS issues refunds on a type of “honor system” before actually reviewing the return, cyber thieves have been able to file fraudulent returns at an alarming rate. This provides a big problem for both the government and the individual. Fox Business News provides tips on how to protect yourself from the cyber thieves.

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