There is a tax loophole that allows millions of illegal immigrants to receive BILLIONS in tax refunds every year, and in many cases, to people who have never stepped foot in the United States.
There is an IRS tax scam taking place in the United States that is literally costing American taxpayers billions of dollars every year. The amount of money that is going towards illegal tax refunds on an annual basis is more than enough to fund the wall that President Trump is trying to build.
Illegals who enter the United States only need one number to access billions of dollars in free taxpayer cash.
The Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) unlocks an exclusive gateway for non-citizens to receive monies meant for working, low-income Americans. The nine-digit code was created by bureaucrats in 1996 for foreigners who had to deal with the IRS. It allows people without a Social Security number, including those in the country illegally, to file taxes.
“It’s just a farce to say it was created to collect taxes,” Robert Rector, senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, told Fox News. “It’s nothing but a welfare program designed for illegal immigrants. ITINS are for tourists or illegals. No ITIN filer is eligible to work in the United States.”
The problem with ITIN, critics say, is it gives non-citizens access to federal cash that they should not be entitled to receive. Once illegal immigrants file ITIN tax returns, they can apply for a Child Tax Credit – which entitles them to $1,000 per child. Unlike the Earned Income Tax Credit, which requires a Social Security Number to qualify, the Child Tax Credit is a cash program that does not, Fox News reports.
Critics say that makes it ripe for abuse.
Numerous investigations by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration have chronicled not only improper Child Tax Credit fraud and error payments ranging from $5.9 billion to $7.1 billion, but schemes such as nearly 24,000 ITIN payments going to the same address. The audit reports also found IRS management was “not concerned with addressing questionable applications” but “interested only in the volume of applications that can be processed, regardless of whether they are fraudulent.”
Another audit report examining ITIN usage found Child Tax Credit claims more than quadrupled in five years, from $924 million in 2005 to $4.2 billion in 2010.
A Social Security number is required to qualify for any federal public benefit. Green card holders, refugees and those granted asylum receive Social Security Numbers. But workers without a Social Security Number can still file taxes – and apply for certain tax credits – with an ITIN number.
Freedom Outpost reports:
None of this should be surprising given the nature of the tax system and history the Internal Revenue Service has with fraud and giving away millions, if not billions, to those who are illegally in the united States.
However, in a nine-part series, investigative journalist Bob Segall of WTHR in Indiana exposed just how corrupt the IRS is and the massive amount of fraud that is going on in the system, especially with what is being termed “undocumented workers,” and how US money is leaving the States to go into the hands of people who don’t even live here.
The series first appeared in 2012, when Barack Obama was president.
The series is listed below with the video report beneath each description.
Part one: Tax loophole costs billions – Millions of illegal immigrants are getting a bigger tax refund than you. Eyewitness News shows a massive tax loophole that provides billions of dollars in tax credits to undocumented workers and, in many cases, people who have never stepped foot in the United States. And you are paying for it!
Part two: Will lawmakers act to close tax loophole for illegal immigrants? – From Indiana to Capitol Hill, thousands of people are now weighing in on a WTHR investigation exposing a tax loophole worth billions for undocumented workers. But what, if anything, can be done about it?
Part three: Lawmakers debate tax loophole – Members of the US House of Representatives are talking about our investigation and demanding answers.
Part four: IRS workers OK “phony” documents from illegal immigrants – After WTHR exposed a tax loophole that allows illegal immigrants to collect tax credits worth billions, the Internal Revenue Service pointed the finger at Congress. But IRS whistleblowers are now coming forward to say the real blame lies within.
Part five: IRS tackles ITIN fraud – Following a 4-month investigation by WTHR, the IRS is now taking steps that will make it more difficult for undocumented workers to get fraudulent tax credits.
Part six: IRS hit with audit for mismanagement and fraud – 13 Investigates has learned the tables are turned on a federal agency feared for its ability to audit taxpayers. The IRS is now the focus of a year-long audit, thanks to federal employees who are blowing the whistle.
Part seven: Federal report calls for changes to reduce tax fraud – A federal investigation confirms everything we uncovered about a huge tax fraud that’s putting money in the bank accounts of people living and working here illegally. Because of our investigations, changes are underway to fix the costly mistakes.
Part eight: Inspector General calls IRS problems “shocking and disappointing” – During the past ten years, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Russell George says he’s seen a lot of audit reports. But he admits he’s never seen one quite like the report his agency issued yesterday.
Part Nine: Illegal immigrants say tax credits are needed – Some illegal immigrants are speaking out to explain why the child tax credits at the center of WTHR’s investigation are so important, and why Congress should not eliminate them.
Part Ten: IRS announced final rule changes prompted by WTHR investigation – 13 Investigates has learned the IRS is now taking action following an Eyewitness News investigation. The changes will reduce fraud and save taxpayers billions of dollars.
Part Eleven: Indiana lawmakers propose new law to reduce tax fraud – State legislators are looking at new rules to keep Indiana tax dollars from going to illegal immigrants who file fraudulent tax returns.
Part Twelve: IRS center that reviews info from illegal workers still plagued by “chaos” -WTHR’s “Investigating the IRS” reports made national headlines, sparked Congressional debate and triggered action by the U.S. Inspector General. The year-long Eyewitness News investigation exposed the IRS giving out billions of dollars in fraudulent tax credits to undocumented workers, and it prompted the IRS to announce significant changes. A year later, IRS insiders tell 13 Investigates those changes are flawed and many of them are simply not working.
Still, the costs of illegal aliens continue to be a concern despite the fact that these reports garnered a lot of attention nationally at the time of their report.
Frankly, there is nothing patriotic about paying income taxes in the first place, and as filmmaker Andrew Russo exposed below, there is no law saying that you have to file an income tax return, at least not for the vast majority of Americans.