IRS disregards privacy, says IPI: The recent release by the Internal Revenue Service of confidential tax data on many prominent United States citizens, including a current candidate for governor of California, demonstrates the IRS’s total disregard for the privacy of U.S. taxpayers, according to Tom Giovanetti, president of the Institute for Policy Innovation, a nonprofit public policy research organization based in Dallas.

According to a recently concluded IPI study titled, "Tax Reform: The Key to Preserving Privacy and Competition in a Global Economy," the personal income tax requires individuals to either disclose or make available upon demand almost every shred of their personal financial data to the IRS. This represents a sweeping but unnecessary assault on privacy, according to Dan Mitchell, the author of the study.

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