Plenty of Brockers will be old enough to remember Steve McQueen trekking his way through the weekly TV series Wanted: Dead or Alive as bounty hunter Josh Randall toting a sawed-off rifle. So American. No doubt a childhood hero of the Dubya flyboy who famously went MIA in Texas airspace during the Vietnam era — already on his way to accomplishing his mission!
Today zuludogm mentioned in passing that some British banks are incorporating IRS snitch activity into their business planning as a new profit center.
Any known extraterritorial US person who is likely to have substantial assets and is still planning to waddle onward as an ostrich may need to consider this eventuality?
Margaret Wente! Could you be someone’s profit opportunity, or are you planning to turn yourself in? Really Margaret, so bold in the fall of 2011. At least you could do a little more to mitigate the mainstream media dearth of comment and reporting on this issue?
Coincidentally, there is a brand-new article at Reuters on how snitch income has plummeted for the IRS. A $400 million shortfall in the latest calendar year! A decrease by a humongous factor of TEN.
Funny thing. Whistleblowers seem to be getting demoralized. Could you believe? Same old same old when it comes to the “problems”:
“The IRS is exploring ways to make the process more timely,” said IRS Dean Patterson on Friday, adding that whistleblower cases can take up to seven years to resolve. … “The whistleblower program in general is very opaque,” leaving whistleblowers in the dark about the status of their cases, said Amy Walsh, a partner with the law firm of Kostelanetz & Fink LLP. “Once you disclose to the IRS your facts and what you know, it goes into a black hole.”
Always fun to watch a little blowback, to see the IRS shooting itself in the foot with a sawed-off rifle.