The American Dream
Friday, May 11, 2012
Did you know that illegal immigrants all over the United States are using a massive scam to receive tax refunds from the federal government that are often in excess of $10,000? It is estimated that 2 million illegal immigrants are filing fraudulent tax returns each year and that they are pulling in more than 4 billion dollars in tax refunds every year that they are not entitled to. They are doing this by abusing the additional child tax credit and the IRS knows all about it and yet they refuse to do anything to stop it. Illegal immigrants are filing tax returns that sometimes claim 10 or 12 nieces and nephews as dependents, and most of the time those nieces and nephews do not even live in the United States. So while you and I are being taxed into oblivion, many illegal immigrants are often pulling in tax refunds that are well into five figures. At a time when the federal government is absolutely drowning in debt, this is the type of fraud that desperately needs to be cracked down on, and yet the IRS refuses to take action.
Posted below is the shocking investigation by WTHR in Indianapolis that broke this story wide open. If you have not seen this yet, it is definitely worth the 6 minutes that it takes to watch it. Please share it with as many people as you can. It boggles the mind to think that this kind of fraud can be committed right out in the open and yet the IRS will not take action. You can watch this shocking investigation right here….
So how in the world can illegal immigrants file tax returns without a Social Security number?
Well, the IRS says that everyone must file a tax return – even people that are making money illegally.
So illegal immigrants are given an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
Like a Social Security number, it contains nine digits and it is used by U.S. employers to withhold taxes and it is used by illegal immigrants to file their tax returns.
You might be thinking that this sounds completely insane considering the fact that it is illegal for them to have jobs in the United States, and you would be right.
But this is how the system works.
And it turns out that illegal immigrants have been exploiting the additional child tax credit to receive absolutely huge tax refunds.
Recently, a tax preparer up in Indiana blew the whistle on this whole thing. A WorldNetDaily article about this scam contained some absolutely mind blowing quotes from this whistleblower….
“We’ve seen sometimes 10 or 12 dependents, most times nieces and nephews, on these tax forms,” a tax preparer-turned-whistleblower told WTHR News. “The more you put on there, the more you get back.”
“Here’s a return right here: we’ve got a $10,300 refund for nine nieces and nephews.”
“We’re getting an $11,000 refund on this tax return. There’s seven nieces and nephews,” he said, pointing to another set of documents. “I can bring out stacks and stacks. It’s just so easy it’s ridiculous.”
Last year, the whistleblower alerted the IRS to dozens of examples of illegal immigrants using this scam.
So what happened?
The IRS took no action.
But they seem to have plenty of time to come after you and I, don’t they?
The WTHR investigation mentioned above discovered one instance in which it was claimed that a total of 20 children lived in one trailer in Indiana.
Because of tax credits for those children, a total of $29,608 was paid out to several illegal immigrant workers.
But when a reporter from WTHR went to the trailer, he found that only one girl actually lived there.
What makes all of this even worse is that the IRS has known about this problem for years.
In fact, the IRS has not taken action on this problem despite report after report from the Inspector General.
Amazingly, the IRS seems to believe that there is not even a problem. The following is from a statement that the IRS issued to WTHR….
“The law has been clear for over a decade that eligibility for these credits does not depend on work authorization status or the type of taxpayer identification number used. Any suggestion that the IRS shouldn’t be paying out these credits under current law to ITIN holders is simply incorrect. The IRS administers the law impartially and applies it as it is written. If the law were changed, the IRS would change its programs accordingly.
“The IRS disagrees with TIGTA’s (inspector general) recommendation on requiring additional documentation to verify child-credit claims. As TIGTA acknowledges in this report, the IRS does not currently have the legal authority to verify and disallow the Child Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit during return processing simply because of the lack of documentation.
“The IRS has procedures in place specifically for the evaluation of questionable credit claims early in the processing stream and prior to issuance of a refund. The IRS continues to work to refine and improve our processes.”
Can you believe that?
So next year millions of illegal immigrants will once again rake in billions of dollars that they are not entitled to and the IRS will continue to look the other way.
This is yet another example of how the federal government has different rules for illegal immigrants than they have for the rest of us.
In fact, the Obama administration has now instructed government officials to use “prosecutorial discretion” in deportation cases. In essence what that means is that if an illegal immigrant has not been convicted of a crime, it will now be highly unlikely that he or she will be deported.
Over the past several decades, we have seen tens of millions of illegal immigrants come pouring into our country. They have taken our jobs and they have terrorized our communities. There are now 1.4 million gang members in the United States, and that number has increased by 40 percent since 2009. Most of that increase is due to illegal immigration.
Illegal immigration is one of the biggest national security threats that we face, and yet the federal government continues to look the other way.
Has the federal government gone completely insane?