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 IRS Agents can scan public postings on facebook as part of their research to “assist in resolving a taxpayer case,” according to a 2009 training manual obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a Consumer Rights Group.

The manual offers an example:


An IRS Officer learns that a taxpayer, who he is investigating, is a comedian who posts comments on social networks to promote his performances. The manual suggest that the Agent contact the venues where he has performed to find out how much the comedian was paid. The manual also suggest that the IRS Agent can use the information on the postings where he will be performing so he can be given a Summons on a future event. One plus, the manual does prohibit Agents from “befriending” a taxpayer in order to get data and information.


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