Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen defends Biden administration’s plan to surveil Americans’ bank accounts with transactions over $600

by Ken Macon | Reclaim The Net

Francesco Abbruzzino, The Uncensored Report, LLC

 

 

According to proposals from the Biden administration, banks would be forced to provide aggregate credit and debit figures to the IRS every year, and the idea would apply to all bank accounts having at least $600 in balance or at least $600 in transactions.

 

We covered the controversial bank surveillance proposals in more detail here.

On Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said she supported the plan. When asked about the new surveillance that many Americans feel is a violation of privacy, Yellen informed CNBC’s Squawk Box co-host Andrew Ross Sorkin that the “collection of information is routine.”

 

Yellen blamed the proposed tax hikes and information collection on the “enormous tax gap” in the United States, citing the difference in regions where income details “can be hidden.” She also argued that the collection would assist in closing the tax gap, stating that, “It’s just a few pieces of information about individual bank accounts, nothing at the transaction level that would violate privacy.”

 

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