Recent evidence of the administration’s fealty to these principles comes from two sources. The investigative unit of the Indianapolis NBC affiliate (suggested motto: “Doing the job national media won’t do”) reports that “the IRS is a knowing accomplice to millions of cases of identity theft while keeping victims in the dark.” Here’s their summary:
Findings of the 13 Investigates report include:
- The IRS accepts millions of tax returns – and issues tax refunds – even when taxpayer documents show clear warning signs of identity theft
- Confidential IRS policies instruct IRS employees not to tell taxpayers when someone else uses their social security number to earn income
- The IRS allows illegal immigrants to “borrow” social security numbers that do not legally belong to them
- The IRS is discontinuing a program to notify taxpayers when their social security number is used by someone else to gain employment
My favorite part is that even though the IRS knows someone is using your social security number illegally, they still go after you for under-reporting your income due to the W-2's with the stolen numbers.