A letter was recently sent to Jon Tester (concerning the legislation of banks being required to report activity of personal bank accounts over $600) and here was his response to the writer. Keep in mind while although Tester answered the question briefly, his actual focus was on big corporations and taxing the rich. He just can’t seem to stay steadfast on the purpose at hand. Instead, he is obsessed with the taxation of the rich.
Below is Tester’s response
Thank you for contacting me about banking privacy and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). As your Senator, I will defend the privacy rights of law-abiding American citizens while holding large corporations and tax evaders accountable.
I am a strong defender of Montanans’ right to privacy and consistently fight against the use of mass and warrantless government surveillance. I am an original cosponsor of the Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale Act (S. 1265), which would close loopholes that allow law enforcement and intelligence agencies to access personal data from data brokers or international communications without a warrant.
Over the last decade, Congress reduced the IRS’s budget, which has allowed large corporations and millionaires to avoid paying their share of taxes. This isn’t fair to hardworking Montana families. In 2019, the previous administration’s IRS Commissioner released a report which found that the IRS focused its audits on lower-income earners since auditing high-earners is complex and requires more specialized experts. This trend is unacceptable and must be reversed. That’s why I support providing the IRS the tools and resources it needs to hold the wealthiest individuals and multinational corporations accountable to our tax laws.
Should legislation regarding the right to privacy or the IRS come before me in the Senate, I will be sure to keep your views in mind. Please do not hesitate to contact me again if I can be of further assistance.
United States Senator