"A felony, how could this be a felony?" Clyde asked. "I was just depositing my own hard earned and legally earned cash in the bank. How can that be a felony?"
"It just looked like they were fishing for anything they could," said Jeff Hirsch, who runs a company that distributes food and other products to convenience stores outside of New York.
"There wasn't anything there," Hirsch said.
In Hirsch's case, the IRS seized $446,611 from his bank account, alleging that he had "structured" his cash deposits to avoid the $10,000 federal reporting requirement.
"Prior to reading the warrant, I had never heard of the concept of “structuring” and had no idea that depositing cash in amounts
under $10,000 could ever be against the law," Hirsch told a House committee.
Hirsch accused the IRS of giving him and his lawyers "the run-around" - just as with the gun dealer from Georgia, the feds did not accuse Hirsch of any wrongdoing.
The stories left lawmakers aggravated.
"The IRS grabbed these taxpayers by the throat and squeezed them," said Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), as members of both parties vented their frustration to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen at the same hearing.
Koskinen told lawmakers that IRS agents have been instructed to stop these type of bank account seizures - if someone has committed no wrongdoing, like the stories told at Wednesday's hearing.
"In this country, people are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty," Hirsch told lawmakers.
"But, in the eyes of the IRS, I was guilty until proven innocent—forced to prove my own innocence to get my property back," he added.
"I did not serve three combat tours in Iraq only to come home and be extorted by my government's use of civil forfeiture laws," Clyde said.
"The concerns are legitimate," Koskinen acknowledged.