The Internal Revenue Service violated some of its own legal requirements in some of the seizures of taxpayer property it conducted in the past two years, according to a new report.

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration identified 25 instances in 19 of the 50 seizures it studied in which the IRS did not comply with a particular Tax Code requirement. TIGTA studied a random sample of 50 of the 683 seizures the IRS conducted between July 1, 2006, and June 30, 2007. Although the rate of violations seems high, TIGTA noted that it actually represents only about 1 percent, as there could have been numerous statutory violations in each case. Still, the instances may have resulted in violations of taxpayers' rights.

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