The IRS may very well know where your missing child is, but the agency won't tell you.
Believe it or not, there are some parental abductors who file tax returns and blatantly claim their kidnapped child as a dependent!
Some of them apparently need the refund money, while others don't want to attract attention for failure to pay. When they file their return, they list their employer and their home address, along with the child's name and Social Security number.
All are major pieces of information the abandoned parent would love to know. But the IRS cloaks itself in Watergate-era privacy laws, shrugs its bureaucratic shoulders and says it just can't help the grieving parent locate the missing child. ...
Some courageous lawmaker in Washington needs to grab hold of this issue and craft legislation that allows the IRS to lift its ironclad curtain of secrecy when court orders are being ignored and the safety of a child is at stake.
I'm certain custodial parents would be fine with the IRS handing over confidential information about their child's whereabouts -- not to them, but to a family court judge. That judge could then be directed to issue an instruction to law enforcement to work with counterparts in other jurisdictions to retrieve the child and take the kidnapper into custody. ...
Cindy Rudometkin of the Polly Klass Foundation was recently quoted saying she believes there are hundreds of cases that could be resolved if only the IRS would give up what it knows. "And even if it helped solve (just) one case," she said, "imagine if that child returned home was yours."