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« on: June 24, 2013, 04:46:07 PM »
IRS Sent $46,378,040 in Refunds to 23,994 ‘Unauthorized’ Aliens at 1 Atlanta Address
 
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 used 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. Since 1996, the IRS has issued what it calls Individual Taxpayer  Identification Numbers (ITINs) to two classes of persons: 1) non-resident aliens  who have a tax liability in the United  States, and 2) aliens living in  the United States 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. The inspector general’s 2012 audit report on the IRS’s handling of  ITINs was spurred by two IRS employees who went to members 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.” In addition to the 23,994 tax refunds worth a combined $46,378,040  that the IRS sent to a single address in Atlanta, the IG also discovered  that the IRS had assigned 15,796 ITINs to unauthorized aliens who  presumably used a single Atlanta address. The IRS, according to TIGTA, also assigned ITINs to 15,028  unauthorized aliens presumably using a single address in Dallas,  Texas, and 10,356 to unauthorized aliens presumably living at a single  address in Atlantic   City, N.J. Perhaps the most remarkable act of the IRS was this: It assigned  6,411 ITINs to unauthorized aliens presumably using a single address in  Morganton, North Carolina. According to the 2010 Census, there were only  16,681 people in Morganton. So, for the IRS to have been correct in  issuing 6,411 ITINS to unauthorized aliens at a single address in Morganton  it would have meant that 38 percent of the town’s total population were  unauthorized alien workers using a single address. TIGTA said there were 154 addresses around the country that appeared on 1,000 or more ITIN applications made to the IRS. - See more at: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/irs-sent-46378040-refunds-23994-unauthorized-aliens-1-atlanta-address#sthash.bipXjKwC.dpuf