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Investigation finds 741 tax returns filed from single Belle Glade home (South Florida)
Sun Sentinel ^ | August 6, 2012 | Donna Gehrke-White

Posted on 08/07/2012 8:45:43 PM PDT by george76

A small South Florida city has attracted the attention of federal investigators looking into tax refund fraud and identity theft, according to an independent watchdog agency that oversees the Internal Revenue Service.

In Belle Glade, nestled along Lake Okeechobee, 741 tax returns worth more than $1 million in refunds were filed from a single address last year, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

The Belle Glade address ranked third nationally for number of returns filed. Investigators would not release the address, citing confidentiality rules on tax returns. But House Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany Jr., R-La., referred to it as a home.

Three of the top five addresses used to file potentially fraudulent returns were in Florida

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Nationally, thieves are suspected of using the identities of 2,274 children, 105,000 dead people and almost 1 million people who don't normally file returns to collect $5.2 billion in refunds.

The Inspector General's analysis found that incidents of identity theft jumped 155 percent last year.

(Excerpt) Read more at sun-sentinel.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: corruption; fraud; identitytheft; tax; taxes; taxrefundfraud

1 posted on 08/07/2012 8:45:50 PM PDT by george76
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Ridiculous—I had one number wrong on my daughters ss#
she was a dependent and they would not take the return without the proper number I had to resubmit it and they allowed many returns for one address?
2 posted on 08/07/2012 8:51:06 PM PDT by funfan
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To: george76

Was that Florida address 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue perchance?


3 posted on 08/07/2012 8:51:55 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: george76

Belle Glade, Florida used to have the highest incident of Aids in our great nation. It is also or used to be very poor.


4 posted on 08/07/2012 8:53:15 PM PDT by 103198
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To: george76

The IRS is all over people who run businesses and itemize. Then they let crap like this happen. How long have they been doing this?


5 posted on 08/07/2012 8:53:38 PM PDT by virgil
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To: george76

Not one word in the article about whether they tracked down the tax cheats.


6 posted on 08/07/2012 8:53:59 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: funfan

You must not be a member of a government preferred group.


7 posted on 08/07/2012 8:54:37 PM PDT by blam
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To: george76

Must be a REALLY big home-bet you can see it from orbit!;)


8 posted on 08/07/2012 9:00:31 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: blam

Yeah the “Shaft” group because that’s what the government has given me.


9 posted on 08/07/2012 9:01:32 PM PDT by funfan
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To: CaptainK

You are correct. The IRS knows that Florida is the epicenter of tax fraud but indictments are far and few between. The local police complained about the magnitude of the problem so Federal agencies stepped in to “help”.


10 posted on 08/07/2012 9:13:09 PM PDT by ruralvoter
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To: george76

Stories like this drive me CRAZY. Clearly it happens over and over again because they really, at heart, don’t care. They are culturally so focused on going after actual working people that they invite fraud from the nonproducers.


11 posted on 08/07/2012 9:13:45 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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Alcee Hastings’ district.

What a shock.


12 posted on 08/07/2012 9:14:57 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (This too, shall pass, unless we're in Harry Reid's Senate and "this" is a budget.)
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To: george76

How many voters from that address?


13 posted on 08/07/2012 9:20:40 PM PDT by Exit148
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To: Hunton Peck

Probably the addresses were hooked to Alcee Hastings’ freezer.


14 posted on 08/07/2012 9:21:39 PM PDT by Ingtar ("As the light begins to fade in the city on the hill")
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To: george76

Did the “investigation” require a lot of resources and take a lot of time?

Only a government employee would be stupid enough to miss this?


15 posted on 08/07/2012 9:22:36 PM PDT by Darteaus94025
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To: george76

Did the “investigation” require a lot of resources and take a lot of time?

Only a government employee would be stupid enough to miss this?


16 posted on 08/07/2012 9:22:50 PM PDT by Darteaus94025
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To: virgil
The IRS is all over people who run businesses and itemize. Then they let crap like this happen. How long have they been doing this?

For more than 40 years. I went to work for the IRS 41 years ago and fraudulent refund returns, or "refund mills" as they were called, were common then. I remember the first one I discovered and reported to my supervisor who told me to just let the fraudulent one go and process the legitimate taxpayer's refund and send it out. "Aren't we going to do anything about the crook who stole this guy's SSN?" I asked. "No." said my supervisor. Later I uncovered a much bigger one involving a couple of hundred false returns, all claiming refunds going to the same address. They decided to act on this one and they arrested the tax preparer. All the returns were fictitious Hispanic names, and the preparer was an illegal himself. Go figure.

17 posted on 08/07/2012 9:49:22 PM PDT by Auntie Dem (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Terrorist lovers gotta go!)
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The problem stems from the desire to give people fast tax refunds. The refunds are issued before any W3”s are required to be received by the IRS. So the IRS knows nothing but what is on the return. Congress is the one that puts the IRS in this position. Congress needs to change the law so that no refund is issued until the third party W’2 is recorded. No salary information ...no tax refund or earned income tax credit. This would require that the politicians change the law to delay tax refunds..which would be very unpopular. If you want to solve the problem..let Visa or Amex handle all the accounts..from employers and taxpayers. They could do it near real time.


18 posted on 08/07/2012 9:51:04 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: Ingtar

The address is probably the same place where a “constituent” of his “found” several boxes of “uncounted ballots” right after the 2000 election.


19 posted on 08/07/2012 10:15:55 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (This too, shall pass, unless we're in Harry Reid's Senate and "this" is a budget.)
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To: george76

And illegal voting is not a problem, right.........


20 posted on 08/07/2012 10:51:35 PM PDT by Lockbar (I promise to move fire-wood twice a day.)
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To: george76

They’re all registered voters, so what’s the problem?


21 posted on 08/08/2012 3:29:30 AM PDT by sphinx
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To: Hunton Peck

Holder doesn’t go after “his” people.


22 posted on 08/08/2012 4:00:13 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Exit148

Take the number of returns and multiply by 15


23 posted on 08/08/2012 4:23:41 AM PDT by Shimmer1 (government health officials seem to have the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.)
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To: Oldexpat
The problem stems from the desire to give people fast tax refunds.

The problem stems from people who get "refunds" but pay no taxes.

24 posted on 08/08/2012 4:30:47 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Whaddaya mean I didn't build this tagline????)
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Ugh...tell me about it. I know a person who, for the last three years, hasn’t worked a day in her life but has filed taxes; claiming she cleaned people’s homes under the table. Claims her 3 children (from 3 different daddies), and gets back several thousand in “refund”. Also collects child support, food stamps, and SSI. No investigation by the IRS, no letters asking for proof of ‘work’, nothing.

Meanwhile, I work 50 hrs a week for the last 20 years, and usually about break even. And every year I get hassled having to provide the same proof documentation for my adopted son.


25 posted on 08/08/2012 10:04:08 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow (Just saved a bunch of money on car insurance by switching into reverse and driving away!)
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To: Auntie Dem

Don’t you wish some of our “conservative” leaders, including some of our “conservative” religious leaders actually knew about stuff like this. We are being eaten alive by illegal aliens and assorted crooks.


26 posted on 08/09/2012 7:27:44 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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