If there is one government agency that gives the EPA a run for its money to claim the title of most corrupt and incompetent agency in the Obama Administration it would be the IRS.
You surely remember the absurd discovery that the IRS was actively targeting conservative groups with audits and other bullying tactics and even when that was brought to light there was absolutely no punishment for it.
Now, the IRS is telling us that they don’t care if illegal aliens are stealing social security numbers to file tax returns because hey, at least they are paying taxes.
From Washington Examiner:
The IRS is struggling to ensure that illegal immigrants are able to illegally use Social Security numbers for legitimate purposes, the agency’s head told senators on Tuesday, without allowing the numbers to be used for “bad” reasons.
“What we learned is that … the IRS continues to process tax returns with false W-2 information and issue refunds as if they were routine tax returns, and say that’s not really our job,” Coats said. “We also learned the IRS ignores notifications from the Social Security Administration that a name does not match a Social Security number, and you use your own system to determine whether a number is valid.”
Asked to explain those practices, Koskinen replied, “What happens in these situations is someone is using a Social Security number to get a job, but they’re filing their tax return with their [taxpayer identification number].” What that means, he said, is that “they are undocumented aliens … . They’re paying taxes. It’s in everybody’s interest to have them pay the taxes they owe.”
As long as the information is being used only to fraudulently obtain jobs, Koskinen said, rather than to claim false tax returns, the agency has an interest in helping them
Basically, the IRS doesn’t care if someone has broken a federal law by entering this country illegally and they don’t care if an American citizen’s Social Security number has been stolen as long as the IRS is getting a check in the mail.
It’s a pretty startling admission from an agency that is still dealing with a massive trust problem as far as the American people are concerned. You would think they would provide an answer that wasn’t so casual. Apparently, the integrity of the tax returns they receive isn’t something they are too worried about.