In a bid at non-transparency, the IRS and Census Bureau have dropped a longtime joint effort to track the migration patterns of taxpayers across the country, the Daily Caller reports
In place since 1991, the data collection on nationwide shifts in residency among US citizens has been used to inform analysts in the public and private sectors of the who, what, why, how and especially where
of taxpayer contentment. Or lack of it.
An economist at the IRS informed DC
, "We were just told this morning that the program is indeed going to be discontinued, and we are very disappointed." A Forbes
the discontinuation of the program, as it "casts a light on how certain taxes affect where taxpayers decide to live and where businesses locate."
notes, the IRS has so far not made any public announcement on the termination of the tracking program.
While the results of an investigation into the movement patterns of Americans has revealed an exodus from places like California and (especially, apparently) Maryland, the New York Times reported
last year that migration in general has been ground to a halt in the last half decade due to the poor economy.
Via the Daily Caller, Forbes and the New York Times