IRS using Google Maps to spy on taxpayers

Agents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are using Google Maps as part of their tool kit to audit taxpayers and organizations, The Daily Caller has learned.

A redacted IRS letter dated Sept. 8, 2011 reveals that at least in one case the IRS’s examiners used photos of a property, obtained through Google Maps, as evidence to revoke the 501(c)(4) status of a homeowner’s association.

“The road consists of a two-mile loop around the inside of the property. It goes not have any sidewalks or bicycle lanes. The examining agent printed and copied a map from Google Maps ( into this report,” states the letter.

501(c)4 is a tax-exempt status that includes certain “social welfare organizations,” “local associations of employees,” “homeowners associations,” “volunteer fire companies,” and certain lobbying organizations.

The IRS became mired in scandal in May 2013 after a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that IRS staffers had singled out tea party groups seeking 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny.

4 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Ollie says:

    The government can do as they choose! You stupid people are the only ones who doesn’t know it!

  • SpaceVegetable says:

    I don’t see the problem here. Using Google maps sounds like a shortcut, since they could have simply gone out and taken pictures themselves. In fact, this probably saved the government money, and I can’t fault that.

  • BH says:

    What do sidewalks and bicycle lanes have to do with a homeowners assoc.? Could have been a choice not to have either. Are the liberals in the fed. gov’t. going to now tell us what our developments have to look like? Sorry for getting off topic. I guess they know how to use technology, just don’t know how to design it.

    1. CTH says:

      Through the FHA the feds have for many years illegally influenced the layout of residential subdivisions by the idiocies of its administrators. We are more and more seeing evidence of the truth in the statement that power corrupts. Unless something drastic happens to change things we will soon see how absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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