Saturday, April 16, 2016

GOP blasts IRS over illegal immigrants' tax returns

Via John
Comments from Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen on how the agency handles the tax returns of illegal immigrants are drawing outrage from conservative lawmakers.
It is the latest in a string of complaints that congressional Republicans have leveled against the agency.

The issue in this instance concerns illegal immigrants who use other people’s social security numbers (SSNs) to get jobs and then file their taxes with their IRS-issued Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs).

Although the tax returns contain false W-2 information, the IRS continues to process them, and the agency does not notify the people whose SSNs were used.

Responding to questions from Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday, Koskinen said that in such cases “it’s in everybody’s interest to have them pay the taxes they owe.”

The IRS is looking to see if there is a way they can alert victims whose SSNs were used fraudulently without discouraging people from filing their taxes, he added.

More @ The Hill

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