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.
In these cases, a tax return was successfully filed by using a Social Security number that either was made up or belonged to someone else. As noted in different reports, the IRS calls this practice “refund fraud.”
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.
As everyone knows, using a stolen or fraudulent Social Security number is considered a serious felony. Lamentably, we’re talking about a delicate situation that many believe will remain, considering the difficulty in efficiently tracking down the people who commit these kinds of crimes.
In order to know more details about the case, some media outlets sent the IRS a series of written questions about the practice.
Apparently, there was a particular question about how many cases were referred to federal law enforcement for criminal investigation and prosecution.
In addition, there was another question in which one media outlet asked the IRS how many did they not refer to law enforcement and why not. Some minutes later, TIGTA responded that they don’t have that information.
The written response went on to defend the IRS. Basically, it said that the IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) prioritized its limited resources pursuing identity thieves who stole millions of identities from innocent taxpayers and applied for and received tax refunds based on those false identities over the last few years.
The response also said that it is impossible to ascertain the exact data for that question based on how IRS-CI captures case-related information and how prosecutions are based.
Finally, the response pointed out that the IRS-CI, in addition to its well-known criminal tax statutes, would also likely utilize many other statutes in investigating the type of criminal activity that the different media outlets inquired.
Apparently, the use of these other statutes carries more significant impact than the law cited in the 2004 TIGTA report regarding the fraudulent misuse of a social security number.
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.