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A $46 Million Tax Refund?

Michael Tasselmyer
June 28, 2013

In a recent blog post, the Arlington County Taxpayers Association (ACTA) highlights a finding from the Treasury Department that in 2011, the IRS sent over $46 million in fraudulent tax returns to 23,994 recipients registered at a single Atlanta address.

A report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration also listed other instances of mass amounts of fradulent returns being sent to single addresses in Atlanta, including "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," according to CNSNews.

The news comes in the wake of accusations that the tax-collecting agency may have unfairly targeted certain groups based on political factors. The errors apparently stemmed from innappropriate assignment of Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) to questionable applications. According to the law, only those eligible to receive Social Security Numbers can receive an ITIN. Poor oversight and a lack of internal controls at the IRS lead to improper assignment of ITINs; in these cases, the errors were particularly costly.

For more, check out the ACTA's original post here.


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Submitted by Wayne at: July 17, 2013
Wait a minute. Who chased those checks? Why can't they be clawed back? Where did the money go? How hard can it be to track who those ITINs went to. If they didn't go to particular individuals or organizations, then who took the money. If no one took the money then nothing was lost. If someone took the money, who? Doesn't that seem important? Then why isn't that information available?