According to an article by Laura Saunders in the Wall Street Journal, social media tools are now being used by revenue agents in California, Minnesota, and Nebraska to gather information about delinquent tax payers.
Agents are browsing information published on MySpace, discussion boards, and using search engines to learn about unclaimed income, purchases, and the physical location of suspects who owe back taxes.
Scofflaws should beware, take heed, or pay their taxes. Cue appropriate song by The Beatles:
“Should five per cent appear too small
Be thankful I don’t take it all
Cos I’m the taxman, yeah I’m the taxman
If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street
If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat
If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat
If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet
Cos I’m the taxman, yeah I’m the taxman”