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IRS WHISTLEBLOWERS, HOTEL AND RESTAURANT EMPLOYEES UNIONS PROTEST ALLEGED ABUSE OF CASINO WORKERS BY IRS

 IRS WHISTLEBLOWERS, HOTEL AND RESTAURANT EMPLOYEES UNIONS
 PROTEST ALLEGED ABUSE OF CASINO WORKERS BY IRS
 ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Coalition of IRS Whistleblowers issued the following:
 Members of the National Coalition of IRS Whistleblowers today joined with angry members of the Local 54 Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union at a press conference in Atlantic City who are protesting what they call abusive targeting of casino workers by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
 Paul DesFosses, president of the Whistleblowers Coalition and a 20-year veteran of the IRS, called the IRS, "an agency out of control." DesFosses continued, "The IRS has arbitrarily decided that casino workers in Atlantic City are making thousands of dollars more than they are in tips. The IRS is ignoring evidence by these hundreds of tipped employees and them assessing them in thousands of dollars in allegedly owed tax. The IRS then instigates their draconian collection tactics on money not owed to the government. This situation has gotten out of control, and hundreds of innocent taxpayers are being extorted by power wielding IRS employees."
 Per a random survey conducted by the Whistleblowers, over 80 percent of tipped employees in Atlantic City are under IRS scrutiny. Said DesFosses, "This is a blatant example of IRS targeting despite IRS's contention that the audit actions are done 'randomly.'"
 Speaking at the press conference today on behalf of their fellow tipped workers many employees cited specific examples of IRS harassment.
 Amy Presho, an employee of Caesars was told she owed $14,000. She disagreed and decided to fight this assessment in court. Just before her court date the IRS called her and said they wanted to make a deal with her and settle the year for $4,300. She agreed. She was told by the IRS to "wait" to pay the $4,300, as a bill for that amount would be sent to her. She did receive a bill but for the original assessment of $14,000. She was told to pay up or else her property would be seized despite her original $4,300 agreement with IRS. She tried to get a loan but was turned down. She tried to reason with the IRS, but was ignored. The IRS then seized her bank account and IRA totalling almost $11,000. "This is extortion worse than the Mafia," said Presho.
 Lisa Kusinon, a Trump Plaza employee, was told by the IRS that she owed $10,000 for 1988 and 1989. She is now under audit for 1990. She had her paycheck garnished with no notice and a lien placed on her home. "This assessment is based on the IRS's arbitrary decision that I make thousands of dollars more than I do. How can I fight this? They don't listen to me or accept my documentation. I can hardly afford to pay my bills. I am a single mother of two. We need help to protect us from the IRS."
 Cathy Draper is an employee at Bally's Grand. She was told that her tip records were not acceptable for the audit because they were done on blue ink. The IRS told Draper that she owed $10,000 for the year in question even though Draper had a severe medical disability that year that resulted in major surgery on her arm. "We are being treated like a bunch of criminals by the IRS. I have proof that I paid my taxes in full, but it is ignored. This has to stop."
 Doreen Bond is a Caesar's employee. She has been audited for 10 straight years. The IRS in their zealousness even seized her young daughter's bank account to pay her alleged tax bill. In 1983 Bond got two different notices of assessment for the same tax year. The IRS has violated her rights by illegally seizing her bank account and placing liens on her home with no notice to her. "How can I fight back? I don't owe the tax, but the IRS is insisting that I make thousands of dollars more than I do despite my proof otherwise. They are out of control. When will this stop?"
 DesFosses concluded, "Congress needs to enact legislation that will protect these employees from the arbitrary assessment and collection actions by IRS that is literally ruining hundreds of lives. The IRS is an agency out of control and Congress needs to act now."
 The National Coalition of IRS Whistleblowers was formed in 1985 by current and former IRS employees with the support of the Church of Scientology's Freedom Magazine. The group has grown to over 10,000 members in all 50 states. The coalition is a taxpayer advocacy group seeking legislative expansion of taxpayers' rights and increased accountability of the IRS.
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 /CONTACT: Lisa Lashaway of the National Coalition of IRS Whistleblowers, 202-546-5345/ CO: National Coalition of IRS Whistleblowers ST: District of Columbia IN: SU:


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