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I was astonished to learn this week that the United States national government Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been making unannounced in-person visits to the homes of taxpayers. I learned this because the IRS said they are discontinuing the practice.
I initially did not believe reports several months ago claiming that IRS agents made an unannounced in-person visit to the home of journalist Matt Taibbi on the very day Mr. Taibbi was testifying before Congress. I assumed it must be fraudsters pretending to be IRS agents. So I was surprised then when it was confirmed that the visitors to Mr. Taibbi’s home were actual IRS agents.