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IRS Reform? It's Time for Congress to Stand Up to Property-Seizing, Forfeiture Bullies

By Gerald B. Lefcourt

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As April 15 approaches, there's a lot of talk about curbing IRS abuses. A measure addressing the issue passed overwhelmingly in the House last session. The Senate is next. This reform effort is due. It ought to include a measure exempting attorneys from the Internal Revenue Code 6050I, Form 8300 "cash reporting" requirement, which today guts the sacred attorney-client privilege. But even more, Congress needs to put a stop to daily highway robbery committed by the Treasury and Justice Departments, who wrongfully deprive innocent Americans of their property through the currently over-broad asset forfeiture laws. 

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Like the American public and numerous members of both parties in Congress, NACDL has long called for reform of the nation's much-abused asset forfeiture laws. We frequently represent the victims of these laws -- individuals, religious organizations, businesses, financial institutions, unions, and multinational corporations alike. We see first-hand how these laws san

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