The Internal Revenue Service sent 23,994 tax refunds worth $46,378,040 to "unauthorized alien workers" at the same address in Atlanta, Georgia in 2011.
In a recent report, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) said that the payments happened in 2011, but were not the only instance.
According to the TIGTA, 11,284 refunds worth $2,164,976 were mailed to unauthorized alien workers at a second Atlanta address.
There were also two more reports of unauthorized alien workers getting 3,608 refunds worth $2,691,448 at a third address and 2,386 refunds worth $1,232,943 sent to a fourth Atlanta address.
There were also millions of IRS refunds sent to singular addresses used simultaneously by thousands of unauthorized alien workers in California, North Carolina and Florida, notes CNS News.
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Back in 2011, the IRS also sent refunds to 6,411 unauthorized aliens using a single address in Morganton, North Carolina. However, the 2010 Census said there were only 16,681 people living in the tiny town.
Much of the problem is due to the IRS tax form. Since 1996, Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) are used for two types of immigrants. First, there are non-resident aliens who have a tax liability in the United States. Second, there are aliens living in the United States who are “not authorized to work in the United States.”
If that sounds like a contradiction, it is, and the IRS is fully aware.
“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,” stated the Treasury Inspector General’s Semiannual Report to Congress in 1999.
Source: CNS News