Illegals STOLE 1 Million SSNs, but the IRS Has Kept Quiet for YEARS!
With tax season getting into full swing, Americans dealing with the IRS this year should realize that the agency won’t necessarily inform them if their personal information has been stolen and used by someone else.
The oversight arm of the Department of the Treasury revealed in an audit report published in August that the Internal Revenue Service had failed to inform close to 1.1 million taxpayers that their identities had been stolen for the purpose of employment — presumably by illegal immigrants.
While the report did not specifically mention illegal immigrants, as noted at the time by The Hill, it nevertheless made sense to presume so, since the purpose of employment-related identity theft is to obtain a job by using someone else’s Social Security number.
Regardless, between 2011 and 2015, the IRS reportedly flagged nearly 1.1 million fraudulent returns that contained stolen identities but said little to the American public, according to the report by the office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
In 2014, the IRS briefly launched a pilot program to inform taxpayers who had been victimized that their Social Security numbers had been stolen. However, the agency would up cancelling the program soon after “because of a lack of funds and other priorities,” according to The Hill.
What “other priorities”? Perhaps harassing conservatives? Last June, only two months before this report was published, the IRS itself admitted that it had purposefully targeted over 400 conservative organizations for extra scrutiny over the groups’ political beliefs, as reported at the time by Red State.
Is this what really matters to the IRS — targeting citizens over their political beliefs while letting illegal immigrant scammers off the hook?
“It is stunning that the IRS has chosen to aid and abet identity thieves for so long instead of protecting the innocent victims of the theft,” Indiana Sen. Daniel Coats, a Republican, remarked at the time about the inspector general’s ruinous report.
It is stunning, though some might wonder why it is still relevant now, six months after the report was released. The answer is simple: Tax season is fast approaching, and it would behoove every tax-paying American to familiarize themselves with the IRS’ true nature before they pay their taxes.