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IRS Must Pay Taxpayers for Diclosure of Private Info

by | Aug 6, 2005 | Uncategorized

An IRS investigation may be a business owner’s worst nightmare. But here’s a case in which the target turned the tables on the tax man.

On Tuesday, a federal judge ordered the government to pay more than $250,000 to three taxpayers after finding that an IRS agent had disclosed confidential information to witnesses in a criminal tax investigation.

Senior U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright assessed statutory and punitive damages after finding that special agent Robert Jackson of the IRS’ Criminal Investigative Division in Kansas City “knowingly, willfully and intentionally” made 78 illegal disclosures of taxpayer information. Click here for full article.