ObamaCare requires the collection of vast amounts of sensitive personal health data. Naturally its proponents swear that such information will be strictly confidential.
Tax preparers are one group that knows that such government promises cannot be relied upon. They are required to file form W12. The form includes a Privacy Act Notice stating that “Generally, the information you provide on this form is confidential pursuant to the Privacy Act of 1974 and tax returns and return information are confidential pursuant to Code section 6103.”
According to the TaxProf blog, on August 4, 2012, the IRS began selling a CD that contained information on all of the 850,000 federal tax return preparers from form W12 for the cost of $35. The information includes including email addresses, phone numbers, professional credentials, and websites.
Tax preparers commenting on the post are incensed that their time is now being wasted by spam and marketing calls using the data gleaned from the disk.