Wings Like Eagles
It's not paranoia, if the pirates really are out to get you and your money.The tax app I use has a place to put your financial account number for each of the 1099s... I was obediently entering them because I figured I was required to until I read an article setting me straight... I no longer include them but the govmint definitely would have easy access to all of my accounts, probably regardless of whether or not I included those account numbers with my taxes.
I rarely go to a bank but when I do it's usually to withdraw money. I used to think the tellers were just making conversation when asking what I was withdrawing the money for, though the questioning always seemed to cross a line of impropriety by a stranger asking about matters that are no one's business but my own. It finally dawned on me that the questioning was for govmint reporting purposes. Now, I'm still polite, but only give vague non answers to the questioning. It's rare, but if a teller presses for a real answer, I'll just be honest with them and tell them it's a private matter of no concern to her/him. When moving money electronically, I wonder if the memo line might get forwarded to the govmint if you fill that in???...