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IRS Sent 46,378,040 in Refunds to 23,994 ‘Unauthorized’ Aliens at 1 Address

The Internal Revenue Service sent 23,994 tax refunds worth a combined $46,378,040 to “unauthorized” alien workers who all used the same address in Atlanta, Ga., in 2011, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

That was not the only Atlanta address theoretically occupied by thousands of “unauthorized” alien workers receiving millions in federal tax refunds in 2011. In fact, according to a TIGTA audit report published last year, four of the top ten addresses to which the IRS sent thousands of tax refunds to “unauthorized” aliens were in Atlanta.

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.

Other locations on the IG’s Top Ten list for singular addresses that were theoretically used simultaneously by thousands of unauthorized alien workers, included an address in Oxnard, Calif, where the IRS sent 2,507 refunds worth $10,395,874; an address in Raleigh, North Carolina, where the IRS sent 2,408 refunds worth $7,284,212; an address in Phoenix, Ariz., where the IRS sent 2,047 refunds worth $5,558,608; an address in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., where the IRS sent 1,972 refunds worth $2,256,302; an address in San Jose, Calif., where the IRS sent 1,942 refunds worth $5,091,027; and an address in Arvin, Calif., where the IRS sent 1,846 refunds worth $3,298,877.

Since 1996, the IRS has issued what it calls Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) to two classes of persons: 1) non-resident aliens who have a tax liability in the United States, and 2) aliens living in the United States who are “not authorized to work in the United States.”

The IRS has long known it was giving these numbers to illegal aliens, and thus facilitating their ability to work illegally in the United States. For example, the Treasury Inspector General’s Semiannual Report to Congress published on Oct. 29, 1999—nearly fourteen years ago—specifically drew attention to this problem.

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  • Robert S Moulds

    This is the worst example of gross incompetence of the IRS wasting $46,370040 on refunds to one address. The IRS should be audited and reformed starting with firing the employees and arresting the people living in the phony address. America is in debt they can’t afford this waste.

  • brian

    They’ve known for how long that the government was helping the illegal immigrants gain employment? No wonder the employers laugh!!!! If the gov’t gives them a Tas Id #, the employer is off the hook…. Maybe the IRS needs to be arrested for conspiracy, for starters…….

  • SK

    The IRS has red flags set up to target people trying to skirt paying taxes. How come they can’t red flag thousands of refund checks to the same locations? Reform the IRS now!!!!

  • southernmom169

    Exactly why the IRS should be dissolved!

  • Greggie

    There should be a class action lawsuit against the IRS for not only gross incompetence but for giving the citizen’s money away! Its time to stop this crap!