To make a long story short, the Internal Revenue Service is responsible for assigning Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs). ITINs are issued to those who are unauthorized to work in the U.S. However, a 2011 report from the Treasury Inspector General (TIG) showed that in 2010, $4.2 billion in tax credits nationwide were paid to those same people through the Child Tax Credit; those who eligible for this credit can receive up to $1,000 in tax credits per child. So, a person who is not authorized to work in the U.S. is nevertheless able to obtain a refund check from the American taxpayer, via the IRS.
Fast forward to 2013.
The TIG completed a report in 2012 that outlines problems with the IRS’s review of
ITIN applications. Among the many problems, TIG found that IRS personnel are
inadequately trained to identify false or questionable documentation and
identify patterns involving fraudulent tax refund claims. Additionally, a
Questionable Identification Detection Team formed that would have properly
handled fraudulent tax returns has been disbanded. Since the elimination of the
team, the IRS’s management does not use application information to identify
potential fraudulent schemes.
The TIG audited the IRS’s data system to understand how to solve this
problem. When the TIG analyzed the number of times the same mailing address was
used on an ITIN application, it found that 154 mailing addresses were used 1,000
or more times on ITIN applications.
For example, 123456 Peachtree Street, Atlanta GA 30312 was listed as the
contact address on 1,000 or more ITIN applications submitted to the IRS. Since
we are using Atlanta as an example, from 2006-2011, 12,345 ITINs were granted to
individuals using a single addresses. In 2011, at only four addresses in
Atlanta, 41,272 tax refunds were issued that totaled over $54 million. Each
refund averaged $1,308.
While over 20 million Americans and legal immigrants struggle with
unemployment or underemployment, the IRS sends refund checks to those ineligible
to work in the U.S.
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