Sherri Gastelum the President of Platinum Tax Defenders Reports on IRS, Social Media Use, and Privacy Rights.

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Social media has moved beyond friend communication, to an information gathering tool for businesses, and now the IRS. Platinum Tax Defenders suggests that taxpayers may want to consult with a tax attorney if in doubt about the legality of social media monitoring, or if issues arise with a tax relief agreement.

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Social media has more uses than just casual communication between friends. Accounting Today reports that Congress will be asking for tax reform ideas via social media(Congress to Solicit Tax Reform Ideas via Social Media, APRIL 8, 2013), and Fox News reports that the IRS may be using social media to track taxpayers trying to take unfair advantage of loopholes(Is the IRS Stalking You on Social Media? April 09, 2013). There can be advantages and disadvantages to both, but for taxpayers concerned about privacy rights and legal implications, Platinum Tax Defenders says that it may be helpful to obtain advice from a tax resolution firm with an in-house tax attorney.

News reports have already circulated about how large companies have often used social media to determine whether or not someone would be a good hiring prospect. Forbes has run run multiple articles on social media use and hiring practices. In May 2012, in an interview with an employment law attorney, it became clear that state and federal bills were being introduced to combat employers asking (or subtly requiring) employees to release their passwords for better access to social media accounts. Since Internet use has outpaced legal protection, the online world seems overwhelmed by gray-area issues.

However, the legal world is beginning to catch up. According to the Columbia Tribune, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has just approved of public companies' ability to send out significant announcements via social media rather than through the more traditional website. This could open up allowances in other areas, and social media could now be used in official capacities.

This may or may not be good news for taxpayers. Officials have used public information to bring down criminals, such as famous mobster Al Capone (who was brought in on failure to pay income taxes), and the 63 East Harlem gang members who gave away their activities via social media clues. However, law-abiding citizens may become nervous about social media use, if the IRS is watching, especially since nuances of communication are notoriously difficult to read on social media sites, or through texts. The IRS seems to be saying that social media watching will only happen after certain 'red flags' have come into view, but this position has not yet been encapsulated in an official IRS press release.

In fact, the IRS has denied reports circulating online by email, per Fox Business. “Audits are based on the information contained on a person’s tax return, not a posting on a social media site.” This is not to say that social media can't be used for information gathering. Judge Andrew Napolitano says that it would be perfectly within legal limits to peruse public information, such as that posted openly on a social media website, to see if the financial story of tax return deductions matches with apparent lifestyle.

Although the IRS indicated to Fox Business that “respecting taxpayer rights” is a high priority, in the same sentence there was an emphasis put on how “that included instances where we monitor publicly available information to assist with already existing compliance work”. Since the IRS takes a serious view of taxpayer financial activity, it's quite possible that lightly meant comments will not be taken into context. As one Platinum Tax Defenders specialist said, “It's quite possible for the IRS to take sarcasm and turn it into a financial statement.” Platinum Tax Defenders especially cautions those dealing with back taxes to research the possible value of a tax attorney in complicated tax relief efforts, especially if anything has been posted on social media sites about the progress of the efforts (such as a payment plan or Offer in Compromise).

Platinum Tax Defenders is the nation's leading tax resolution company with years of experience in dealing with the IRS. Their dedicated team of tax attorney s, CPA's and enrolled agents with a long term track record of stopping bank levies and removing tax liens. They offer a free initial consultations which ranges from 20 to 45 minutes, in which a qualified tax resolution professional can examine the specifics of the situation and offer strategies for dealing with the IRS.

To get more information from Sherri Gastelum or other Platinum Tax Defenders tax resolution professionals on stopping property seizure and getting help with back taxes from , call 1-877-668-1807 or send an email to

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