And it's about time, Seems like there has been about the biggest tax loophole in the known free world there for the taking.....Although it must not have been a very complete audit...
There is another question that i have wanted to know the answer to for a long time.
Where does the money from SS number fraud end up at? Those funds deducted from employees who submit a stolen or fictitious SS number to their employer. IRS must know that every dollar they receive with a SS number that has either never been assigned or is already in use by someone and has been for any length of time are funds that they know can never be claimed. I don't think IRS makes much of a fuss about the illegal use of SS numbers. IRS is the only gnvt. agency with access to the information and i have never heard of the IRS police making any
job site visits asking any embarrassing questions....
And i bet scoring an ITIN would be a slick way to generate bogus ID for someone who might have a need to use a different name...ie criminal on the run, dead beat dads....looks like it might even be a way around e-verify.
I can't help but wonder how far knowledge of this fraud goes up the IRS food chain.
“It’s pure negligence by management and they’ve been trying to keep it quiet,” Antelis said. “There is a criminal element that is defrauding the U.S. government by filing mountains and mountains of these fraudulent applications. We see them in piles in bulk every day that are obviously not legitimate documents and not legitimate tax returns and not legitimate wages … and [IRS managers] don’t want to deal with it. That’s where all the fraud is. The fraud is in the fake notary stamps and fake documents which we’ve been accepting.”
And finally, the IRS gets audited!