By Emily Bevard (Georgia Business Daily)
Monday, April 18, was Tax Day here in the U.S. — a day Americans give the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) information about their sensitive financial matters, expecting the IRS to keep such information private. But in light of recent scandals at the IRS, the Functional Government Initiative (FGI) is concerned about the possibility of Americans’ private information being leaked.
In a release Monday, FGI Spokesperson Peter McGinnis noted that accountability begins with transparency, which the group is still waiting to obtain through their many requests to the IRS. FGI has launched multiple investigations into scandals associated with the IRS in recent years, pressing the agency for accountability.
“Tax Day may not be a fun day, and it certainly isn’t a cheap day, but it shouldn’t be a scary day,” McGinnis said in the release. “Yet with leaks of sensitive data, targeting of organizations based on their politics and an unprecedented power grab for more authority and IRS agents, this Tax Day should remind every American of the need for accountability at the IRS.”