Skip to comments.Tax Scam: IRS Pays Out $3.3 Million To One Lansing Address Last Year
Posted on 08/06/2012 10:18:36 AM PDT by george76
The IRS pays out billions in fraudulent tax refunds, and Lansing is at the top of the list.
The IRS paid out more than $3 million in refunds to one address in Lansing. The IRS has not disclosed that address, but according to a new report issued by the IRS Inspector General, someone filed more than 2100 separate tax returns using that address, and received $3.3 million in fraudulent refunds.
The inspector general says identity thieves filing bogus tax returns got more than $5 billion in refunds last year. The inspector general also says the problem is so rampant., the IRS could pay out as much as $21 billion in fraudulent tax refunds over the next five years.
But even when the government realizes it has been scammed, the inspector general says there's not much that can be done to get the money back.
"The tax thieves or the identity thieves have learned that if they file tax returns early in the tax filing season, before a legitimate taxpayer has the opportunity to do so, they can preempt the legitimate taxpayer's refund
(Excerpt) Read more at wilx.com ...
It did generate an alarm. The threshold was 2100 returns. See, the software DID it's job.
It's much easier to harass law abiding citizens than to go after the criminals.