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Is the IRS trolling your Facebook, Twitter accounts?

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You have until April 15 to file a return and the IRS will be collecting a lot more than just taxes this year.

The agency will also be collecting people's personal information from sites like Facebook and Twitter in an effort to catch people trying to beat the system, according to several reports.

Lawyer Kristen Mathews, a partner at Proskauer, says you should be careful with what you say on social media platforms. She says that laws regulating the government's ability to get ahold of things like credit card transition history have become more permissive in the last several years, particularly after 9/11, so some might say those laws are no longer in line with the average expectation of privacy.

For its part, the government has said it would only check a Facebook or Twitter account if there is already red flag in a tax form.

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