IRS can seize bank accounts on suspicion, no crime required

Anyone still think we are not living in a Banana Republic? This ought to do it. An out of control government totally. Where is the media? That’s right, more than happy to go along with the regime. Surprise, this from the NY Times no less. Wonders never cease.

For almost 40 years, Carole Hinders has dished out Mexican specialties at her modest cash-only restaurant. For just as long, she deposited the earnings at a small bank branch a block away — until last year, when two tax agents knocked on her door and informed her that they had seized her checking account, almost $33,000.

The Internal Revenue Service agents did not accuse Ms. Hinders of money laundering or cheating on her taxes — in fact, she has not been charged with any crime. Instead, the money was seized solely because she had deposited less than $10,000 at a time, which they viewed as an attempt to avoid triggering a required government report.

Using a law designed to catch drug traffickers, racketeers and terrorists by tracking their cash, the government has gone after run-of-the-mill business owners and wage earners without so much as an allegation that they have committed serious crimes. The government can take the money without ever filing a criminal complaint, and the owners are left to prove they are innocent. Many give up.

More at The New York Times


15 Responses to “IRS can seize bank accounts on suspicion, no crime required”

  1. ‘Law Lets I.R.S. Seize Accounts on Suspicion, No Crime Required’ | Enjoyment and Contemplation Says:

    […] story here.  Hat tip to Bunkerville and America’s Watchtower.  Bunkerville also has more thoughts (linking to […]


  2. Conservatives on Fire Says:

    Unbelievable! Where does the IRS find the asshats that can’t tell the difference between a mom&pop operation and a grand money laundering scheme?


  3. Bob Woodward: ‘There still are lot of unanswered questions re IRS’ | BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns and Guts Comrades! Says:

    […] the IRS scandal. After yesterday’s post one would think this would make it as a headliner. IRS can seize bank accounts on suspicion, no crime required. In truth, now with this administration’s stone walling, it takes big bucks and a lucky draw […]


  4. Jersey McJones Says:

    I think part of the problem here is that the government does not regularly enforce tax law. Every year billions go unpaid, and most of it is never followed up on. Structuring income always looks bad and usually people only do it once or twice in their lives for short periods of time. They get away with it, it’s very common. But if you do it systematically for decades, it’s going to get ugly. Here again though, it is only the passing of time that caused her to be caught in the first place, is it fair to charge her as if she’d be laundering money for 40 years? For something people do all the time? That is random selective law enforcement and it needs to be addressed. Either enforce the laws or change them to be enforceable. This is up to congress to accomplish. So, forget about it.



    • bunkerville Says:

      Caught her??? Did you even read the story??


  5. Steve Dennis Says:

    We are on the same page again tonight! It might be hard to believe but this might be a bigger scandal than the targeting scandal. But don’t worry, the IRS promised to stop this practice, doesn’t that make you feel better? Me neither…

    Liked by 1 person

    • bunkerville Says:

      Very interesting the NY Times carried this. Who knows, maybe it is getting to rich for even them! Can you imagine if Bush did this??


  6. Always On Watch Says:

    Creeping tyranny!

    Linked at Infidel Bloggers Alliance.

    Liked by 1 person

    • bunkerville Says:

      Indeed AOW, and thanks for the link.


  7. Lorra B. Says:

    So much for innocent until proven guilty! Under this accountment, the government may confiscate anything they need and wipe out many citizens accounts, given our current state of US financial affairs….just saying…

    Liked by 1 person

    • bunkerville Says:

      Oh they are just testing us to see how far they can go. So far so good apparently. I know our retirement accounts are on the table. I know, they said so. They are not shy about giving out tantalizing possibilities, and this has been floating big time.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Lorra B. Says:

        Indeed it has. They have been ‘hinting’ around for sime time and it makes me want to scream… 😡


  8. Lorra B. Says:

    Reblogged this on SilentSoldier.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Paul H. Lemmen Says:

    Reblogged this on A Conservative Christian Man.

    Liked by 1 person

    • bunkerville Says:

      thanks again Paul


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