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Lingering economic frustrations fuel threats against IRS workers, watchdogs say

WASHINGTON — Internal Revenue Service employees and their families are still facing threats from angry taxpayers following a deadly plane crash early this year at agency offices in Texas.

Last February a man crashed a small plane into IRS offices in Austin, killing an agency employee and the pilot. In his suicide note, the pilot recounted more than two decades of grievances against the IRS.

The nation's slow economic recovery and lingering frustrations with the federal government inspire many of the threats against the IRS, according to watchdogs with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, which tracks IRS operations and released updated figures this week.

The report doesn't detail attacks against workers but recounts several credible threats.

A North Carolina man is serving 46 months in prison and three years of supervised release for threatening to assault an IRS special agent. The man, sentenced in May, had contacted the investigator by phone in April 2009 and repeatedly said, "I'm gonna off you," the report said. The man also contacted the agent's wife, telling her, "Goodbye, you're not going to see me again, and you will be reading about me in the papers."

A California man was convicted of making a bomb threat against the IRS offices in Fresno. Local police and agency security officers did not find a bomb after searching the building. The man is serving five years of probation and faces more than $830 in fines, according to the report.

Lingering economic frustrations fuel threats against IRS workers, watchdogs say 12/09/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 1:39pm]
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