One of the many necessary evils of our modern government is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). They are the gatekeepers to the government funds that are collected from the taxpayers and have incredible power in their own right. While most of America flenches at the idea of dealing with the lumbering government agency, we all understand that they have a purpose.
The tax code in the United States is a labyrinth of information that could confuse even the most honest of the taxpayer when attempting to check the right boxes and fill out the right forms. Probably the scariest part about the IRS is that they have almost completely unilateral power to bring down the hammer on a person whose taxes were filed improperly, or who just get behind on paying them.
The one thing that Americans actually look forward to about dealing with the IRS is the fact that some of those tax dollars that were withheld during the year, might get to come back to them in the form of a tax refund. Unfortunately, we now know that is being stolen from us too. The Conservative Daily Post reports that it’s coming to light that the all-knowing IRS is handing out tax returns fraudulently to illegals who are using fake or stolen identities: “According to different reports, more than 1.3 million cases of identity theft by illegal aliens were documented by the Internal Revenue Service from 2011 through 2016. Apparently, this is a delicate case that involves Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers, which are given to those who are ineligible receive Social Security numbers or work in the United States
This is a terrible situation that went through five long years without receiving the proper response from authorities. Naturally, while many believe it was difficult to make an efficient move, others point out that the Obama Administration was extremely weak on this matter.
According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the Internal Revenue Service also discovered almost 1.2 million addition cases involving scams by illegal aliens last year.
What seems even more incredible about this delicate situation is the fact that the agency could not say if any of the cases were referred for criminal prosecution. It certainly appears that illegal aliens are allowed to get away with identity theft and fake papers without having to fear prosecution.
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration told different media outlets that they managed to identify 1,227,579 electronically filed tax returns, processed in from 2017 through April 18, 2017.
In addition, the Inspector General for Tax Administration said that in these tax returns the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number on the return doesn’t match the Social Security Number on the Form ‘W-2.’
Regarding this issue, the department explained that a Social Security Number may have been used on Form W-2 for more than one of these returns.
Last month, a Treasury Inspector General report stated that the IRS placed an ’employment identity theft marker’ on 1,346,485 taxpayer accounts spanning from 2011 to 2016.
According to different reports, while many of the victims are being notified, the majority of those whose identities were stolen for employment by the illegal aliens have no idea it happened. How is it legal to not inform citizens that their identities were stolen? The government is likely more worried about protecting the illegal immigrants.
Lamentably, the IRS has failed to prevent this situation, and now millions of legal U.S. citizens are suffering the consequences.
According to legal analysts, part of the reason why this is happening is that refund thefts tend to be the first priority instead of identity thefts.
While it remains unclear how this would end, the truth is that the IRS is now in hot water.”
Sadly, tax mistakes are an all too common thing, but the stiff penalties and interested that are applied to citizens who incorrectly file their taxes would lead one to believe that the IRS should also be stiffly penalized if they make the monumental mistake of giving out millions of dollars to those who are in this country illegally.
Conservatives are likely to be even more frustrated when they realized that because those taking advantage of this fraud are illegals, they’re also not likely to be punished in any real way because they were probably on government assistance for their housing and everyday necessities as well.
Tax reform, as well as immigration reform, have been at the top of the list of projects to work on for the Trump administration, and while we didn’t expect them to overlap in such a huge way, it will no doubt be a big win for the administration if they’re able to save these tax dollars from incorrect allocation as well.