(Natural News) The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is using an artificial intelligence (AI) program to target people the agency claims to be cheating on their taxes.
The IRS claims these computer tools are used to detect fraud, identity theft, money laundering and any hidden assets that Americans may be hiding from the government. Typically, these kinds of illicit activities require the intervention of revenue agents or other special personnel to detect. (Related: IRS spending millions on weapons, ammunition, gear to weaponize agency against taxpayers.)
But Tyler Bennett, an expert in tax audit representation, pointed out in an episode of “The Alex Jones Show” on InfoWars that this AI program is extremely flawed.
According to Bennett, an audit by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, an agency that provides independent oversight of the IRS’s activities, found that the AI program doesn’t just go after so-called tax cheats.
“This software … the IRS was not ready to implement this. So, with this AI, and here’s where you guys need to be careful, the AI is flawed right now,” said Bennett.
“It is set to flag anybody that has done any crypto transactions and anybody that has 1099 income. And so, if you are a small business owner, or you dabble in cryptocurrency, there is already a red flag on your account.”
IRS could expand use of AI programs
In addition, the IRS started using a new AI system last year that overhauled the agency’s phone customer service system, allowing the program to authenticate callers by asking several basic questions.
IRS Deputy Commissioner Darren Guillot said this program allows the agency for the first time in 160 years to access the accounts of taxpayers and, in certain situations, resolve their concerns “without any wait on hold.”
“Service is part of our name,” said Guillot. “This is all about the taxpayer experience, helping customers.”
While this AI system may seem innocuous, this and other in-development AI programs could rapidly expand the IRS’s ability to enforce its will upon the American populace.
For these AI programs to function, they require the use of techniques supported by data warehouses that act as databases for the tax returns and other filings of American taxpayers.
By using these databases that can go back 30 years or more with a combination of predictive software, the IRS can develop new AI technologies that can examine gaps in data or tax returns that may reveal supposed instances of tax noncompliance.
“This translates to an enormous amount of data collected on taxpayers for decades,” said Robert Stahl, a defense attorney. “As technology continues to advance, computer-driven analysis will lead to the increased discovery of potential fraud and noncompliance.”
Once these instances of so-called tax evasion or noncompliance are spotted, the IRS could allocate revenue agents to complete investigations. This would allow the IRS’s limited manpower to become “significantly more efficient” at its job, according to Stahl.
“Of course, with the advance of technology to analyze disparate data points, the margin for error and false conclusions can increase as well as leading to enhanced scrutiny of potentially innocent taxpayers,” said Stahl.
Watch this episode of “The Alex Jones Show” on InfoWars as Alex Jones and Tyler Bennett talk about the IRS’s new AI software, which is designed to terrorize the American working class.
This video is from the InfoWars channel on Brighteon.com.
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