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June 22, 2013 - 1:02 pm

Apparently, the IRS is good at bullying, harassment, and political chicanery, but when it comes to, you know, like, doing their jobs, they suck.

CNS News:

The Internal Revenue Service sent 23,994 tax refunds worth a combined $46,378,040 to “unauthorized” alien workers who all used the same address in Atlanta, Ga., in 2011, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

That was not the only Atlanta address theoretically occupied by thousands of “unauthorized” alien workers receiving millions in federal tax refunds in 2011. In fact, according to a TIGTA audit report published last year, four of the top ten addresses to which the IRS sent thousands of tax refunds to “unauthorized” aliens were in Atlanta.

The IRS sent 11,284 refunds worth a combined $2,164,976 to unauthorized alien workers at a second Atlanta address; 3,608 worth $2,691,448 to a third; and 2,386 worth $1,232,943 to a fourth.

Other locations on the IG’s Top Ten list for singular addresses that were theoretically used simultaneously by thousands of unauthorized alien workers, included an address in Oxnard, Calif, where the IRS sent 2,507 refunds worth $10,395,874; an address in Raleigh, North Carolina, where the IRS sent 2,408 refunds worth $7,284,212; an address in Phoenix, Ariz., where the IRS sent 2,047 refunds worth $5,558,608; an address in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., where the IRS sent 1,972 refunds worth $2,256,302; an address in San Jose, Calif., where the IRS sent 1,942 refunds worth $5,091,027; and an address in Arvin, Calif., where the IRS sent 1,846 refunds worth $3,298,877.

It does no good to put your fist through your monitor. You may hurt yourself and it’s probable that Obamacare won’t cover injuries sustained while screaming obscenities at the government.

Perhaps before continuing, you should strap yourself down. And keep all sharp objects out of reach. We wouldn’t want anyone committing hari kari when they discover that the IRS has had a special designation for illegal aliens living in the U.S. who are “not authorized to work in the United States.”

The IRS has long known it was giving these numbers to illegal aliens, and thus facilitating their ability to work illegally in the United States. For example, the Treasury Inspector General’s Semiannual Report to Congress published on Oct. 29, 1999—nearly fourteen years ago—specifically drew attention to this problem.

“The IRS issues Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) to undocumented aliens to improve nonresident alien compliance with tax laws. This IRS practice seems counter-productive to the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s (INS) mission to identify undocumented aliens and prevent unlawful alien entry,” TIGTA warned in that long-ago report.

Gee…ya think? “Counter-productive” may be the understatement of the year. What Uncle Sam takes away with one hand, the IRS gives with the other.

The inspector general’s 2012 audit report on the IRS’s handling of ITINs was spurred by two IRS employees who went to member of Congress “alleging that IRS management was requiring employees to assign Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) even when the applications were fraudulent.”

In an August 2012 press release accompanying the audit report, TIGTA said the report “validated” the complaints of the IRS employees.

“TIGTA’s audit found that IRS management has not established adequate internal controls to detect and prevent the assignment of an ITIN to individuals submitting questionable applications,” said Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George. “Even more troubling, TIGTA found an environment which discourages employees from detecting fraudulent applications.”

What the…? They have procedures to detect conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status but they can’t detect tens of thousands of fraudulent refunds worth tens of millions of dollars going to the same addresses?

Why are we just hearing about this now? This audit is from July 2012. What has the IRS done to deal with this stupidity? My God, they can flag your tax return based on certain criteria. So why can’t one of the flags go up if too many returns are going to one address?

Absolute madness.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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I'm losing track of all the designations for humanoids that are geographically in the U.S. What is an "unauthorized" alien anyway? What aren't they authorized to do?

The one thing I do know, our government officials don't like the term "citizen". During various hearings last week, when asked about how they were treating citizens they kept answering about what they did or don't do to "U.S. persons". What the hell is a U.S. person?
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This is not an "accident" nor "negligence", this is the IRS complicit in fraud against legal taxpayers.
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"The Internal Revenue Service sent 23,994 tax refunds worth a combined $46,378,040 to “unauthorized” alien workers who all used the same address in Atlanta, Ga., in 2011, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA)."

It's not a "wild accusation" that the IRS is sending refunds based on fraudulent returns by illegal aliens. That's the whole point of the IG report. Who cares if it's a tax office or not? And it's kind of a coincidence that 4 of the top addresses where refunds are sent are all in Atlanta? Man, those Atlanta tax offices must be making a fortune!
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This is a subject that, unfortunately, I am all too familiar with. I work at a credit union and part of my job is dealing with fraud. Over the last two years tax refund fraud has boomed. A few months back I attended a meeting of employees from several local credit union and local IRS agents. The IRS's response to the current situation can be summed up in one word, "Whoopsie!".

The situations outlined in the post are all too common. There are thousands of instances of thousands of refunds being sent to a single address. My area (Tampa) is rife with this. The only explanation is gross incompetence coupled with dereliction of duty. When I became aware of multiple refunds being direct deposited into a single account it took me months to get anyone to give a rat's hind legs.

So who pays for the IRS's incompetence? Tax payers. Again. Perhaps if the IRS spent more time on their actual task and less harrassing members of the Tea Party fraud like this would stop.
42 weeks ago
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All this and PIGFORD too. Redistributing the Taxpayers money to non Tax paying feckless Blacks.
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There comes a time when 'mistakes were made' and 'two rogue agents' just does not cut it. That time has now come for the IRS and it needs to be sorted out root and branch. Unfortunately this LYING, CORRUPT, INCOMPETENT REGIME run by the Unqualified , Inefficient Lying USURPER is not an administration that can be trusted to do that. They are a major component in what is wrong at the IRS and part of the problem not the solution. BTW how many 'Democrat' VOTERS were registered at the same addresses.
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And you believe it actually went to illegal immigrants at this address - as opposed to someone - or ones - at the IRS because? Can you think of a better way to embezzle, ID's to impossible to trace, nonexistent illegals, at a non existent address? That money is down the rabbit hole!
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Not a bad thought! In the cases I've dealt with actual non-IRS people have been involved but what's to say an agent or two or ten haven't gotten into the act?
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The address is probably that of an abortion clinic.
42 weeks ago
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This issue has been going on for years. Apparently no one wants to connect the metadata dots because they benefit from the status quo. I've said it before: If the local county mounty could arrest the president of Tender Loving Massage and Escort Services Inc. for hiring illegal aliens as easy as it is to bust the CEO's Jose the gardener for committing domestic violence on Maria the maid from the barrio, there would be no illegal immigration.
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An imaginary conversation
IRS executive: "No, you can't investigate those cases"
New Agent: "But, these could uncover real and widespread fraud"
Exec: "And if you prove that, what do WE get?"
Agent: "We clean things up a bit, set examples"
Exec: "No, it just generates bad press, upsets politicians and doesn't even bring in any extra money. We can investigate those in the top five percent and just one good case will pay for a hundred of these fraudulent returns. So where should we put the bulk of our man power? There are no bonuses for making more political enemies."
Agent: "I see, but there are bonuses for making political friends?"
Exec: "Now you're getting it."
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Incompetence and political persecution! Sounds like a tyrannical political system to me. Instead of leaving a commit here, why don't you email you representative and senators and demand some corrective action like firings and criminal charges? The IRS leaks are a felony, you know? If you let them off the hook, nothing will change!
42 weeks ago
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If we had a Republican president, the captive media would take the logical next step, checking each of these addresses against the local Board of Elections records to see how many voters were registered from each address.
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Good grief. This will restore faith in big government. IRS handling Obamacare? What could go wrong? Will certain zip codes and areas be exempt from death panel decisions while others will have their treatment requests handled by Lois and her gang of "rogues" who might complete their reviews too late?
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