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IRS staff committed tax credit fraud--More than 100 workers filed claims
The Washington Times ^ | May 23, 2011 | Stephan Dinan

Posted on 05/23/2011 8:41:43 PM PDT by jazusamo

More than 100 employees of the Internal Revenue Service cheated the government by fraudulently claiming a first-time homebuyer tax credit included in the 2008 and 2009 economic stimulus packages, according to federal investigators.

The Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration, in several reports over the past few years, has identified a total of 128 IRS employees who claimed the credit but who also made other claims that showed they either weren’t first-time buyers or bought their homes outside the eligibility period for the credit, which was worth up to $8,000.

Meanwhile, one other IRS employee has been charged with using her position to try to help friends and relatives take advantage of the credit, which was signed by President Bush and then boosted under President Obama’s 2009 stimulus law.

The IRS employees represented a small part of the total fraud in the program, which the inspector general said may have totaled more than a half-billion dollars overall. The inspector general said refundable tax credits, which transfer money back to taxpayers even when their tax liability is zero, “are targets for fraud.”

Members of Congress who have oversight over the IRS said it’s particularly egregious when the employees are caught cheating.

“It is incomprehensible that this many IRS employees improperly claimed the homebuyer tax credit,” said Sen. Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee. “These are the very people who are supposed to fairly enforce our tax laws, but seem to instead be taking advantage of that expertise for their own personal benefit.”

Asked for comment, the IRS requested that The Washington Times submit questions in writing, which The Times did.

Instead of answering the questions, spokesman Grant William issued a general statement saying the agency takes compliance with tax laws “very seriously”...

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: corruption; criminals; crooks; employees; federal; irs; taxfraud
The criminals within should all be subjected to lengthly sentences.
1 posted on 05/23/2011 8:41:51 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Would not expect anything less from 1) an idiot-ridden administration filled with corruption and 2) an IRS headed by a tax cheat “genius” who could not even figure out TurboTax. =.=


2 posted on 05/23/2011 8:46:24 PM PDT by cranked
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To: jazusamo
"Instead of answering the questions, spokesman Grant William issued a general statement saying the agency takes compliance with tax laws “very seriously”..."

Yes indeed! They "very seriously" find ways to cover their behinds, therefore of course the spokesman didn't answer the questions.

We'll hold our breath NOT for the follow up story on this one.

3 posted on 05/23/2011 8:52:22 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: jazusamo

Lamp posts.


4 posted on 05/23/2011 8:54:16 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: rockinqsranch
You're correct. Any spokesman for the IRS with integrity would have said the book will be thrown at any IRS tax cheats whether convicted or admitted ones.
5 posted on 05/23/2011 8:58:11 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Was that wrong? ;’) Thanks jazusamo. Hey, taxes are for people who work for a living, so get off their backs.


6 posted on 05/23/2011 9:03:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: jazusamo

hey..taxes are for Flyover Country peons and peasants..


7 posted on 05/23/2011 9:21:13 PM PDT by mo ("If you understand, no explanation is needed; if you do not, no explanation is possible")
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To: jazusamo

I just got a tax bill today for almost $3,000 on top of what they’ve already gotten. I’ve never had this done before and too angry to read the full RULE BOOK. BA#TARDS!!! I can no longer afford them. I’s soooooo pissed!


8 posted on 05/23/2011 9:25:24 PM PDT by bronxville (Sarah will be the first American female president.)
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To: bronxville

And then I read about ALL the slimeball thieves in that WH I could spit nails.

Ok, I feel better now.


9 posted on 05/23/2011 9:26:36 PM PDT by bronxville (Sarah will be the first American female president.)
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To: bronxville
Whatever gave them the idea they could get away with a stunt like this?


10 posted on 05/23/2011 9:35:28 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. -- John Steinbeck)
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To: bronxville

I hear you. The IRS is run by computers and I don’t believe most of the workers understand our tax laws, they operate computers.


11 posted on 05/23/2011 9:43:52 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

That doesn’t surprise me in the least.

The stories I could tell having to deal with mostly idiots in the IRS. 95% of them aren’t qualified for the job. Half of them are probably not qualified for any job especially one dealing with taxes and money.

And don’t get me started on their attitude and lack of respect for the taxpayer. I couldn’t count the number of times they have hung up on me for simply asking a question they couldn’t answer.

The few that are helpful and respectful don’t stay around too long and who could blame them. Cleaning out that maggot infested hell hole would go a long way in making government more efficient.


12 posted on 05/23/2011 9:50:17 PM PDT by kcvl
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04 February 2011

IRS gives out millions in erroneous hybrid vehicle credits

…”It is important to note that the erroneous claims identified in this TIGTA report represent only a small fraction of Recovery tax relief - less than 0.02 percent of the $260 billion in Recovery Act tax relief taxpayers received through December 2010,” IRS spokesman Grant Williams told Accounting Today. …


13 posted on 05/23/2011 10:04:03 PM PDT by kcvl
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IRS Misfired on Plug-in Tax Credit Claims, U.S. Government Audit Discovers

About 20 percent of U.S. tax credits for plug-in electric vehicles and alternative-fuel vehicles were filed in error, according to a government audit.

The credits are important to companies such as General Motors Co. and Nissan Motor Co., which have entered the plug-in market with the $41,000 Chevrolet Volt and the $32,780 Nissan Leaf, respectively. Buyers of those vehicles can claim up to $7,500 from the federal government, and the companies are relying on the credits to be competitive on price with gasoline- based models.

Most of the erroneous credits, according to the audit, went to taxpayers who sought benefits for vehicles such as Hyundai Motor Co.’s Sonata and GM’s Buick Enclave that didn’t qualify for tax breaks. Prisoners and IRS employees were among those who erroneously claimed credits.

http://tinyurl.com/44hdjja


14 posted on 05/23/2011 10:08:20 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl
Very well said. In the last few years I sought help from the IRS and suspected I got bum info, I was right. I no longer call them for assistance.

The hybrid vehicle credits scam is just beginning. The corruption with this will make the new home buyers credit look like child's play.

15 posted on 05/23/2011 10:11:00 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

IRS Pledges to Stomp Out ‘Egregious’ Violations of Politicking Rules

Grant Williams

The Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 18, 2008

The Internal Revenue Service says that in this election year it is making “extensive efforts” to educate charities and churches about federal law that bans their political campaign activity.

(except for black churches where Democrats openly campaign)


16 posted on 05/23/2011 10:16:56 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: jazusamo

Having had a large amount of inter-action with this particular gov’t agency...I put forward disembowelment as the appropriate penalty.


17 posted on 05/23/2011 11:47:45 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: jazusamo

Guy I know who worked at KC could not get his AA employees to do their jobs, so he retired early, here is hoping that the election of “the one” has motivated them to work.


18 posted on 05/24/2011 6:25:15 AM PDT by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: jazusamo
It is sad. Probably a good portion of the IRS people are not crooked. They just do their jobs and follow the rules.
This year I got back a few extra hundred bucks because they caught a mistake I made on my returns, that favored me.
Hopefully in this case the crooks will get what is coming to them.
19 posted on 05/24/2011 7:15:42 AM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....Duncan Hunter Sr. for POTUS.)
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To: Marine_Uncle
I'm glad to hear you got informed help from them that benefited you. When these type things happen it's easy to group all the employees together and I know you're right about good hardworking employees probably being in the majority.
20 posted on 05/24/2011 8:13:05 AM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

This is why Charlie Rangel should be running the IRS.


21 posted on 05/24/2011 8:54:47 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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