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With regard to the Affordable Care Act of 2010, a/k/a Obamacare, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) possesses no security system against loss of patient information or to prevent fraud under Obamacare, according to the U.S. Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) this week.

Alan Duncan, Assistant Inspector General for Audit (Security and Information Technology Services) said in an audit released on Dec. 4, 2013, that the IRS has no plan to manage, monitor, or mitigate fraud risk when processing premium tax credits available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“The [Affordable Care Act] program has not yet completed a fraud mitigation strategy,” the audit found. “It is important for the IRS to thoroughly consider fraud threats and risks that could impact new ACA systems.”

Few Americans are aware that their personal and financial information is being given to foreign nations by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in the name of "getting Americans to pay their fair share." And the globalists in the U.S. government are happy to share Americans' confidential information from the IRS database, which will include healthcare information on tens of millions of Americans.

With trillions of dollars in cross-border financial activity, U.S. tax authorities and others around the world exchange information with each other to administer and enforce compliance with the tax laws of their respective countries. In many cases, these information exchanges are similar to that which is exchanged in criminal cases.

Sadly, in dealing with taxpayers information, no warrants are necessary and the process disregards the U.S. system of jurisprudence that recognizes the time-honored "innocent until proven guilty."

The U.S. Congress requested its investigative arm, the Government Accountability Office, to identify and describe all income tax treaties and other such agreements between the United States and other countries as well as describe the volume of exchange activity, types of information exchanged between the United States and its treaty partners, and request processing times.

In addition, the GAO was asked to identify opportunities to improve the effectiveness of current U.S. information exchange processes and procedures. GAO analyzed the international agreement documents, IRS data on information exchanges, and analysts interviewed program officials and the users of the exchanged information.

Treaties and other agreements authorizing information exchange provide tax authorities in the United States and abroad with a useful tax law enforcement tool. As of April 30, 2011, the United States had such agreements in force with 90 foreign jurisdictions, according to the GAO analysis. While such information sharing can be rationalized when dealing with transnational organized crime gangs, drug cartels and terrorist groups, many who discover this information-sharing are suspicious when it relates to law-abiding citizens who pay the taxes that pays the salaries of IRS managers and enforcers.

IRS-international agreements have many similar features, but the bounds within which information can be exchanged are unique to the legal and administrative arrangements agreed to by the United States and each partner.

Between 2006 and 2010, 5,111 requests for information to or from the United States and 75 foreign jurisdictions were completed; 4,217 were incoming requests for information such as tax returns or corporate records and 894 were outgoing requests from the United States.

IRS's enforcement presence also relies on several other methods to obtain relevant information, including a mechanism which yields about 2.1 million records annually from treaty partners. GAO estimates that most requests close about 50 to 200 days after being opened, but some take much longer. The time it takes to close requests can be influenced by factors such as the complexity of the requested information and the legal system of the treaty partner.

GAO analysis of IRS data shows that the United States takes more time to close incoming requests for some groups of countries than others. Although IRS collects data on exchanges between the United States and its treaty partners, the agency does not consistently collect or analyze performance information, such as the type of information requested, whether the information was collected successfully, or feedback from staff making the requests about the usefulness of the information or their views on the process for obtaining it.



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