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Date: Wed, 06 Aug 1997 04:25:43 -0700
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From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]
Subject: SLS: Clinton signs Taxpayer Browsing Act
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>Wait a minute... this MUST be some other
>President Clinton we're taling about here.
>Harley Silver
>Copyright  1997 Nando.net
>Copyright  1997 The Associated Press 
>WASHINGTON (August 5, 1997 9:21 p.m. EDT) -- President
>Clinton signed into law Tuesday a bill that makes it a crime for IRS
>employees to look through confidential taxpayer files if the
>research isn't directly related to their work.
>Clinton approved the Taxpayer Browsing Act, which would impose
>a maximum one year in jail and a $100,000 fine on IRS employees
>convicted of inspecting tax returns without authorization.
>"'Browsing taxpayer information is wrong, and we all condemn it,"
>Clinton said in a statement. "Taxpayers have the right to expect that
>their returns and return information are, and will remain,
>An Internal Revenue Service report identified 1,515 browsing
>cases in fiscal years 1994 and 1995, which resulted in the firing of
>23 IRS workers.
>Clinton said that while browsing tax records on a federal computer
>already is a crime, the IRS needed a better means of preventing
>unauthorized inspection of taxpayer data.
>"Maintaining the confidentiality of the information submitted by
>taxpayers is critical to the operation of this system," Clinton said.
>"If taxpayers do not believe that the government is adequately
>safeguarding their personal financial information, they may be less
>willing to supply that information in the future."
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