FREDERICKSBURG – The Internal Revenue Service sent $163,711 in refunds to a single Parksley, Va., address, where 100 individual tax identification numbers were issued by the agency.
Forty-eight tax returns were filed at the address, according to a Treasury Inspector General’s investigation. The tiny Accomack County town has just 842 residents.
And that was far from the most bizarre.
The IRS sent 23,994 tax refunds worth a combined $46,378,040 to “unauthorized” alien workers who all used the same Atlanta address in 2011, according to a CNS News report.
Additionally, the IRS sent 11,284 refunds worth a combined $2,164,976 to unauthorized alien workers at a second Atlanta address; 3,608 worth $2,691,448 to a third; and 2,386 worth $1,232,943 to a fourth.
Rounding out the IG’s Top Ten list for singular addresses were Oxnard, Calif., where the IRS sent 2,507 refunds worth $10,395,874; Raleigh, N.C., 2,408 refunds worth $7,284,212; Phoenix, Ariz., 2,047 refunds worth $5,558,608; Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 1,972 refunds worth $2,256,302; San Jose, Calif., 1,942 refunds worth $5,091,027; and Arvin, Calif., 1,846 refunds worth $3,298,877.
Resurfacing amid congressional debate over immigration reform, the 2012 IG report reiterated concerns raised by government auditors back in 1999.
“The IRS issues Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers to undocumented aliens to improve nonresident alien compliance with tax laws,” the report noted at the time.
“This IRS practice seems counter-productive to the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s mission to identify undocumented aliens and prevent unlawful alien entry,” the Treasury audit concluded.
While lawmakers debate an amnesty program for millions of illegal immigrants, the IRS continues to wrestle with identification issues.
“IRS management has not established adequate internal controls to detect and prevent the assignment of an ITIN to individuals submitting questionable applications,” Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George concluded in the latest audit.
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