The United States Supreme Court has ruled in a unanimous decision that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can secretly obtain the bank information of Americans who are not under official investigation.
The ruling means the IRS can secretly obtain the bank records of third parties when seeking a summons for banking records believed to be relevant to the tax delinquency of another person.
The federal agency will be able to access the bank records of those third parties without their knowledge or consent, even if they are not under investigation,
The new ruling gives the IRS “startlingly broad authority to pry into the financial records of people who may be only remotely connected to a delinquent taxpayer,” according to one lawyer briefed on the decision, the Epoch Times reports.
The ruling is a victory for Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration.
It came after the Biden admin’s attempts to strengthen IRS enforcement efforts became an issue in the