The IRS, whose agents will shake you down for every last penny they can find, has been sending millions of dollars in tax refunds to thousands of illegal aliens, often at the same address.
The worst example found during a recently released audit was $46 million in refunds being sent in one year to 23,994 illegal workers, all at the same address in Atlanta.
The audit by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found three other locations in Atlanta where checks for illegals were being sent en masse: 11,284 refunds worth a combined $2,164,976 to a second Atlanta address; 3,608 worth $2,691,448 to a third; and 2,386 worth $1,232,943 to a fourth.
Other addresses around the country that made the audit's top 10 list:
- Oxnard, California; 2,507 refunds worth $10,395,874.
- Raleigh, North Carolina; 2,408 refunds worth $7,284,212.
- Phoenix, Arizona; 2,047 refunds worth $5,558,608.
- Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; 1,972 refunds worth $2,256,302.
- San Jose, California; 1,942 refunds worth $5,091,027.
- Arvin, California; 1,846 refunds worth $3,298,877.
The heart of the problem seems to stem from the IRS's practice of assigning Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers to illegal aliens to try to squeeze money out of them. Apparently, it's having the opposite effect.
A 1999 report to Congress warned about the practice: "The IRS issues Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) to undocumented aliens to improve nonresident alien compliance with tax laws. This IRS practice seems counter-productive to the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s (INS) mission to identify undocumented aliens and prevent unlawful alien entry."
In one case found by the audit, the IRS had assigned 6,411 ITINs to one address in Morganton, North Carolina, a town of 16,681 population, meaning almost 40 percent of the town's population was, according to the IRS, illegal workers living in one house.
In total, the audit found 154 addresses across the U.S. that were assigned 1,000 or more ITINs.
So, the IRS has the manpower and wherewithal to harass conservative groups over their nonprofit applications for months or even years, but it doesn't have safeguards in place to flag multiple ITIN applications at one address.
And we're supposed to trust these clowns with our medical information and implementation of health care?