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Should income tax information be public?

You may recall reading an exposé by ProPublica about how thousands of wealthy Americans have avoided paying taxes.

Or perhaps you read the New York Times’s revelatory articles about the taxes of former President Trump, who broke presidential tradition by refusing to release his tax returns.

The New York Times and ProPublica stories were the result of intentional data leaks by a former IRS contractor, who was sentenced on Monday to five years in prison, the maximum sentence.

The leak, a data breach that is apparently unique in the history of the IRS, was described by the sentencing judge as…

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