A Fox News television affiliate in Washington, D.C., is reporting that the Internal Revenue Service has alarmed many social media users by stalking their Facebook postings and Tweets in an attempt to make sure you’re saying all the right things about how you went about filing your tax return this year.
According to Fox 5, the IRS will look to your online presence for potential evidence, if it suspects you evaded or improperly filed your Federal taxes. The government’s official line is that it won’t review a taxpayer’s social media accounts unless his tax form already has been flagged.
“Be careful what you say on social networking platforms,” warns attorney Kristen Matthews. “There are laws that regulate the government’s ability to get a hold of things like credit card transaction history. But those laws have become more permissive in the last several years… and some might say those laws are no longer in line with the average expectation of privacy.”