If you’re an IRS employee, you probably have some form of digital privacy protection that is supposed to prevent your information from being used against you or anyone else.
It’s called a “privacy statement” and you can read about it here.
Privacy statements aren’t a legal requirement for your employer to keep your personal information private, but they are important for employees to know about how their information will be handled in the future.
This isn’t a new concept.
There have been privacy statements for years, and even in the late 1990s, when IRS workers were receiving millions of dollars in bonuses, there were some privacy requirements.
These requirements were more strict than now.
Privacy statement requirements were first put into place by Congress in 2005.
In a nutshell, a privacy statement is a statement your employer must make when you give your employer your personal data.
It sets forth how the information is to be used and how your personal personal information will not be shared with third parties without your permission.
Privacy Statement Requirements for IRS Employees and Other Employees who are in the Federal GovernmentIf you are an employee of the IRS, you may be exempt from privacy statement requirements if you are: a. an employee (a “federal employee”) of the Federal government who is not on a non-salary basis (see IRS Code 1032(a)(1) for more information); or b. an officer of the federal government.
These employees may not use the information for any purpose other than exempt purposes (for example, to comply with law, enforce tax laws, or enforce regulations).
In addition, you must have written consent from your employer, and your employer has to provide the information to the IRS.
In addition, some IRS employees are also exempt if they are:a.
part-time or temporary employees (see Federal Payroll Taxpayer Rights and Responsibilities section).
The IRS allows part-timers to have up to eight hours per day in the office, and temporary employees up to two hours per shift.
b. students who work part- or full-time (see Taxpayer Responsibilities and Protections section).
In some situations, you and your parents may have to provide your employer with permission to work part time or full time.c. veterans who receive disability benefits.
The IRS may also grant certain exemptions from your privacy statement.
For example, you are exempt from your Privacy Statement if you:A) are: the spouse of a federal employee;ora.
a surviving spouse of an employee who is an employee on active duty (such as a member of the Armed Forces);orb.
the child of an eligible employee (such a child of a spouse or surviving spouse);orc.
a child or grandchild of an exempt employee who works part- time or is in a job or other employment that provides paid work or that is exempt from federal income taxes under the Internal Revenue Code;ord.
a spouse, domestic partner, or other adult who is a member or a beneficiary of a domestic partnership;ore.
a parent of a beneficiary or other parent of an exemption recipient;orf.
a grandparent of an exception recipient; org.
a dependent of an exempted employee who receives benefits under the program;orh.
a descendant of an exemptions recipient who is receiving benefits under that program; ori.
an individual who is eligible for assistance under a program, as defined by the program, if the individual has been enrolled in the program for a period of three years, or the individual’s parents, spouses, or dependents are members of the same household or a family.d. employees of a public or private nonprofit organization, including charities, educational institutions, and the like.
Employers can also be exempt if your personal tax information is:a