Congress Questions IRS On Efforts To Access Coinbase Customer Data

For months, customers, lawyers, and privacy experts have been voicing concerns about the scope of a “John Doe” summons that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) seeks to serve on on Coinbase. Now, Congress has joined the clamor. This week, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch … Read more

My Mother’s Maiden Name Is Cumberbatch (And Other Lies I Tell For The Sake Of Security)

I’m terrible at telling lies. It’s a fact. If you’ve ever met me in real life, you know that this is true. You can usually root out the truth from me in the matter of a few minutes. I can’t keep a straight face. I’m an Anderson-Cooper-level eye-roller at the best of times. It’s the … Read more

Ask the taxgirl: Checking Out Other Folks’ Taxes

Taxpayer asks: Can lawyers, students studying for their bar check into others tax returns and see how much they received back from their taxes for any given year? Taxgirl says: As I understand it, you’re asking whether you can snoop around and see how much other people paid or received in taxes… Um, no. A … Read more

How Much Are You Worth?

Or put another way, how much does your tax preparer think you’re worth? The Philadelphia Inquirer recently broke a story that the IRS has been keeping quiet…  It seems that, in an action labeled “not a significant regulatory action”, a change in privacy laws was included in proposed rules published in December.  The change would … Read more