August 9, 2012
THE COUNTRY’S IN THE VERY BEST OF HANDS: Report finds widespread fraud in taxpayer ID program. “A recently released report shows widespread tax fraud in connection with the federal government’s 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.” Plus, claims that IRS employees were told not to investigate potential fraud.