IRS Audit Shows 1.4 Million Illegal Immigrants Work Using Stolen Social Security Numbers
A recent audit of the Internal Revenue Service revealed shocking news! The audit showed that most illegal immigrants who file tax returns and pay taxes have stolen a taxpayer’s legal identity.
In fact, according to the report released on Thursday, the number is a whopping 1.4 million illegals who have stolen someone’s identity, possibly even yours.
And as if that isn’t enough, the IRS doesn’t do a good job in contacting the taxpayer to let them know that they are a victim, according to the agency’s inspector general.
In 2015, the agency contacted only about half of those who were impacted by the taxpayer fraud committed by illegal immigrants online and even less if the taxes were filed through the mail.
Your credit could be damaged or issues could arise due to the fact that you didn’t pay enough taxes on “your” income which was filed under your Social Security number.
J. Russell George, the inspector general recently said:
“Cases of employment identity theft can cause significant burden to innocent taxpayers, including the incorrect computation of taxes based on income that does not belong to them.”
The IRS indicates that 2.4 million immigrants who aren’t authorized to work file taxes each year using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.
However, the W-2 forms they submit to their employer shows a valid Social Security number they stole from someone else.
According to the IRS, 87 percent of the forms filed electronically by illegal immigrants using ITINs reported their income to a legitimate Social Security cardholder. In other words, the taxpayer not the illegal immigrant.
More than half of the forms filed by paper also showed the same type of fraudulent behavior, according to the IRS.
The IRS is open to some recommendations to help innocent taxpayers, according to the inspector general but if it means spending more money, the IRS responded by saying:
“We cannot commit to additional actions that would require significant resources to accomplish.”
Some lawmakers may welcome the IRS’s lack of appropriate response when it comes to fraud being committed by illegal immigrants in this country.
Kevin De Leon (D-Calif.) speaking in February about his relatives who were living in this country illegally:
“Half of my family would be eligible for deportation under the executive order, because they got a false social security card, they got a false identification, they got a false driver’s license prior to us passing AB 60, they got a false green card, and anyone who has family members who are undocumented knows that almost entirely everybody has secured some sort of false identification.”
If a Senate leader can condone this type of behavior is there any surprise that illegal immigrants wouldn’t do the same?
I guess all we can say is that it’s a good thing the IRS and state senate leaders aren’t in charge of voter registration or we might have voter fraud issues to contend with as well. Right? #sarcasm