Thursday, February 14, 2008
Paul M. Schwartz (UC-Berkeley) presents The Future of Tax Privacy at Minnesota today as part of its Works-in-Progress Series. Here is the abstract:
This essay considers the past, present, and future of tax privacy. Regarding the past, it is surprising that it took until 1976 for the concept of tax privacy to be explicitly established in statutory law. In the present, this concept, once established in the Internal Revenue Code, has been made subject to numerous exceptions. Moreover, much tax return information is also accessible elsewhere. Finally, in the future, tax information in the electronic age will be subject to the same critical issues involving data security as other personal information. In conclusion, tax information remains important, but is increasingly subject to the same forces -- legal and technical -- as other personal information.