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09/24/2016

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Lex has apparently never had a disagreement with the IRS. I can tell you first hand, that without getting your day in court the IRS can and will seize your assets and continue to do so until the IRS is satisfied that your entire bill including interest and penalties, has been paid.

And they come without warning. One day you wake up and realize your credit cards, ATM card, bank accounts, etc, etc, etc.... are no longer yours.

And because you have no liquid assets available you can just forget about hiring a lawyer to get it back. Been there, done that.

I agree, Billy. Perhaps he is restricting himself to local government and paying property taxes. Of course, renters don't directly pay property taxes, so there is nothing to boycott for these folks. But I can definitely see progressive local governments letting certain people off the hook for certain reasons.

http://dailysignal.com/2015/05/14/federal-government-to-return-107702-irs-seized-from-north-carolina-convenience-store-owner/

After months of sleepless nights since having more than $107,700 seized by the Internal Revenue Service, L&M Convenience Mart owner Lyndon McLellan learned yesterday the government decided to dismiss the case that lost him his money.

“It’s a relief to know that you’re getting something back that’s yours to start with,” McLellan told The Daily Signal. “I wanted [the government] to do what was right, and I felt what was right was for me to get my money back.”


“It’s a relief to know that you’re getting something back that’s yours to start with,” said Lyndon McLellan.

According to documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina yesterday, U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker cited changes to the Department of Justice’s policy regarding civil asset forfeiture made in March as the reason for dropping the lawsuit against the $107,702.66 seized from McLellan’s bank account in July

http://www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/washingtonbureau/2016/02/irs-returns-money-seized-from-store-owner-in.html

Washington Bureau Chief

A North Carolina convenience store owner has won back his life savings from the Internal Revenue Service --- money that was seized because the IRS suspected him of trying to get around financial reporting laws.

The decision could lead to other business owners recovering money that was seized by the IRS.

Convenience store owner Ken Quran is happy that he finally got back $153,907 that was seized by the Internal Revenue Service in June 2014.

Convenience store owner Ken Quran is happy that he finally got back $153,907 that was… more

Federal law requires banks to report deposits or withdrawals of $10,000 or more, a requirement designed to deter money laundering by criminal enterprises. It’s against the law to “structure” financial transactions in order to avoid this reporting requirement — e.g. making several deposits of less than $10,000 each.

In Ken Quran’s case, the IRS was suspicious about withdrawals of under $10,000 he made from a bank account for 427 Convenience Mart, the store he owns in Greenville, N.C. Although the IRS never accused him of any other crime, suspicion that he was engaged in structuring was enough for the IRS to seize $153,907 from his bank account.

Quran is not alone; hundreds of other owners of legitimate businesses have had their accounts seized by the IRS because of structuring suspicions. Three of them testified at a House hearing a year ago.

The IRS changed its enforcement policy in structuring cases in October 2014 to focus only "on cases where evidence indicates that the structured funds are derived from illegal sources," IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told the committee.

But that new policy didn’t help business owners who already had their money seized. They’ve been trying to get their money back.

On Friday, the IRS informed the Institute of Justice, which petitioned the IRS on Quran’s behalf, that it had decided to return Quran’s money.

“I’m so happy,” Quran said. “The IRS never should have taken my money in the first place, but I’m so grateful that it has now done the right thing. I worked hard for that money. This is justice.”

The Institute for Justice, a public-interest law firm, also filed a petition on behalf of Randy Sowers, a Maryland dairy farmer who was targeted by the IRS because he made cash deposits of under $10,000 — money that came from farmers’ market sales.

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