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Why Did The IRS Seize $63,000 From A Maryland Farmer

Logic would dictate the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) would be pleased that small business owners are making cash deposits into a bank since these funds are evidence of taxable revenue.

After all, a dishonest individual could hide the cash at home.

Obviously, logic is absent at the tax collecting agency.

Recently, national news was focused on the plight of Randy Sowers – a Maryland farmer who had the IRS seize $63,000 from his business account because he made cash deposits under $10,000 to avoid filling out paperwork for deposits greater than that amount.

Making so called “structured” deposits under $10,000 to avoid IRS notification violates The Bank Secrecy Act – a law intended to catch criminals engaged in money laundering.

In a 2012 visit to his farm the IRS notified Sowers that they had seized his money for making those deposits.

The Washington Post wrote about Sowers’ plight with the IRS and the story included alarming stats regarding the amount of money seized by the IRS including funds from individuals that were never charged with criminal behavior.

Based on Freedom of Information Act requests, the libertarian Institute for Justice has reported that the Internal Revenue Service has seized almost a quarter-billion dollars in such cases from 2005 to 2012, about half of which was never returned. A third of those cases, like the Sowers case, did not involve allegations of criminal activity beyond the structured deposits themselves.

Sowers eventually settled the case with the IRS where he surrendered 10 percent of $295,220 – the amount of funds that were considered structured.

Fox News also covered Sowers’ plight with the IRS. Watch video above.

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a contributor to Conservative Review and is a TV and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for, The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax magazine. Dr. Borelli is also a regular political panelist on NewsmaxTV and i24 News he also co-hosts radio programs on SiriusXM Patriot with his wife Deneen Borelli. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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