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A Last Shot at Reining in IRS Abuse of Asset Forfeiture in the 115th Congress

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a long, well-documented history of abusing federal forfeiture laws. They seize assets from innocent Americans on the mere suspicion of malfeasance. If the IRS believes a citizen is structuring deposits to avoid reporting requirements, the agency can seize your money. Administrative reforms were made in 2015 to roll back some abuses, but there is still much work to be done.

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Ways and Means Republicans Demand Answers from DOJ on Refusal to Return Wrongfully Seized Money

Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee want to know why the Department of Justice (DOJ) has denied petitions by Americans whose money was seized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The seized money was subject to federal civil asset forfeiture hearings in which the individual from whom the money was taken had to prove that it wasn’t connected to any wrongdoing.

07/23/2018
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End IRS Abuse of Federal Forfeiture Laws

Ahead of a scheduled vote in the House of Representatives on the Clyde-Hirsch-Sowers RESPECT Act (H.R. 5523), which addresses the Internal Revenue Service’s abuse of federal civil asset forfeiture laws, FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon commented:

09/20/2016
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FreedomWorks Urges Congress to Codify IRS “Structuring” Changes into Law

Following a report that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will return nearly $30,000 it wrongfully seized from Randy Sowers, a dairy creamery owner in Maryland, FreedomWorks Director of Communications Jason Pye commented:

06/29/2016
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FreedomWorks Statement on IRS Move to Rectify Civil Forfeiture Abuse

Following a report that the Internal Revenue Service will make it possible for innocent Americans to get back money that has been wrongly seized by the tax agency, FreedomWorks Director of Communications Jason Pye commented:

06/14/2016
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Support the Due Process Act, H.R. 5283

As one of over 5.7 million FreedomWorks activists nationwide, I urge you to contact your representatives to encourage them to support H.R. 5283, the Deterring Undue Enforcement by Protecting Rights of Citizens from Excessive Searches and Seizures Act, or Due Process Act.

05/24/2016
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IRS Will Pay Legal Fees of Business Owner Whose Money Was Wrongfully Seized

A federal judge has ordered the Internal Revenue Service to pay the legal fees of Lyndon McLellan, a convenience store owner based in Fairmont, North Carolina, whose bank account was wrongfully seized by the powerful tax agency in July 2014. The IRS had previously agreed to drop the attempted forfeiture of the $107,702.66 it stole from McLellan.

02/05/2016
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House Subcommittee to IRS: Give Innocent People Their Money Back

A bipartisan group of members on the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee have come together to call for repayments to victims of civil asset forfeiture. Earlier this week, nine of the eleven members of the Subcommittee signed onto a letter to Jack Lew, Secretary of the Treasury, calling for repayments to a family of dairy farmers and others similarly situated.

08/14/2015
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IRS Abuses Power By Seizing Small Businesses Bank Accounts

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a lengthy record of abusing power.

02/17/2015