Skip to comments.Report finds widespread fraud in taxpayer ID program
Posted on 08/09/2012 5:10:37 AM PDT by SJackson
A recently released report shows widespread tax fraud in connection with the federal governments Individual Taxpayer Identification Number program.
The U.S. Treasury inspector general report accuses the IRS of discouraging employees from reviewing applications for the ID numbers, which are generally from non-resident workers.
The inspector general specifically said there were 154 mailing addresses that were used 1,000 or more times on applications, including 15,795 numbers assigned to a Phoenix address.
The report, which evaluated the processing year 2011, also found inadequate controls can result in the numbers being assigned to people who have not proved their identity or foreign status, which can result in fraudulent tax returns.
The inspector general also found 10 individual addresses were used for filing 53,994 tax returns and receiving $86.4 million in fraudulent tax refunds. For example, 23,994 tax refunds totaling $46.3 million were issued to an address in Atlanta; and 2,507 tax refunds totaling $10.4 million were issued to an address in Oxnard, Calif.
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Oh dear, oh dear, WHAT will the Just-us Department do?
Why, NOTHING, of course!
that is not true!!!
If they can find a white republican to blame they will move fast!
Isn’t it amazing that if you have dividends or stock transactions, or have to make estimated tax payments, the government is all over you with automatic recalculation of taxes, yet they can’t (or WON’T) double check address duplication?
“The inspector general also found 10 individual addresses were used for filing 53,994 tax returns and receiving $86.4 million in fraudulent tax refunds. “
Can you imagine the wait time to use the bathroom in any one of those 10 houses?
I think we should replace the IRS with the IRA...when confronted with a bunch of filings for one address, send letter bombs in the envelopes disquised as checks. Just like when robbing a bank gets one painted with a dye, it will be easy to ID the guilty, the guy who has a bloody stump....then take care of him with Obamacare: here are some asperins, wait in line.
Yes, if the idea is collecting legally owed revenue and preventing fraud, that’s a no brainer. Perhaps politically unpopular, not to suggest the IRS could be political