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Officials: Texas pilot left anti-IRS note

Published: Thu, February 18, 2010 @ 2:43 p.m.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A pilot furious with the Internal Revenue Service today crashed his small plane into an office building that houses federal tax employees in Austin, Texas, setting off a raging fire that sent workers fleeing as thick plumes of black smoke poured into the air.

A U.S. law official identified the pilot as Joseph Stack and said investigators were looking at an anti-government message on the Web linked to him. The Web site outlines problems with the IRS and says violence "is the only answer."

Federal law enforcement officials have said they were investigating whether the pilot crashed on purpose in an effort to blow up IRS offices. The Web site featured a long note dated today denouncing the government and the IRS in particular and cited the Austin man's problems with the agency.

All the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing.

At least one person who worked in the building was unaccounted for and two people were hospitalized, said Austin Fire Department Division Chief Dawn Clopton.

She did not have any information about the pilot. About 190 IRS employees work in the building, and IRS spokesman Richard C. Sanford the agency is trying to account for all employees.


1ytowngramma(39 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

It appears to be intentional as he also torched his home with an adult female and child in it prior to heading to the airport. Check out abc13.com. There is also a manifesto posted online that explains what was going thru this psychos head.

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2pci510(105 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Sad that people are doing violent acts because of the IRS but the IRS needs a major overhaul as there was an accountant who did research and found that many of the IRS agents had little to no knowledge about tax questions and that they would find a small area which they did not understand and say people owed money which they did not. Some IRS agents also were found to be using illegal drugs and would turn in false info or put wrong numbers in the computer from tax returns. Agents also look at how much a person earns and decides to help themselves should the agents be deep in debt. Which IRS agents are honest and which are not? Posted by Darin

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3nojimbo(259 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

I hope to God we don't start getting a pattern of these, like with the school shootings a few years ago. I know what it's like to be screwed jobwise and financially. Most people probably experience this at least once (maybe multiple times) in their life.Yet violence against innocent people is NEVER the answer. Please, if you're that angry, turn the other way. Turn toward people who really got a bad break. The sick, the homeless, the orphan. Turn away from your rage and do something POSITIVE for these people who need your help--- before it's too late.

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4Mer1(28 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

This was not the fault of IRS. I read where the guy was a nutcase who was upset that he had to pay tax on an IRA distribution. Many people complain about the IRS but do you know that if a husband and wife have two children and file a joint return and make $50K, that their tax will be negligible after subtracting the standard deduction, exemptions, and child tax credit. I'm sure that there are a few at the service center who give bad answers on the phone however these are not agents but instead are called taxpayer service employees. Many agents I know are highly educated and are CPA's. The IRS should use some of these highly educated agents to man the phones during tax season.

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