Friday, June 28, 2013

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IRS sends $46 million in 'tax refunds' to thousands of illegal aliens all claiming the same Atlanta address
by: J. D. Heyes
Friday, June 28, 2013
(NaturalNews) It is the responsibility of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to collect the taxes which fund the government, but increasingly, the agency appears to be one of the worst abusers of the money it collects from hard-pressed taxpayers.
Recent reports have documented the spendthrift habits of many mid-level and senior IRS supervisors. Now comes news that the agency is sending tax refunds to tens of thousands of "unauthorized" alien workers all using the same Atlanta, Ga., address.
In 2011, the IRS sent 23,994 tax refunds worth a combined $46,378,040 to the address in question, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has discovered. Per
That was not the only Atlanta address theoretically used 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.
How many millions to 'unauthorized' aliens?
Maybe now it is easier to understand why Georgia lawmakers recently passed and Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation cracking down on illegal immigrants in the state, much to the chagrin of "civil rights activists" who obviously believe American taxpayers should be fleeced by those who snuck into our country, in violation of our laws.
According to the TIGTA, the
IRS sent 11,284 refunds totaling $2,164,976 to illegal 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.
But there is much more. Per
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.
And this is just the TIGTA's top 10 locations; the IRS is literally sending who knows how many hundreds of millions of dollars in "refunds" to workers who aren't even supposed to be in the country.
What's more, officials at the agency know full well the legal (or, more correctly, the illegal) status of those receiving these refunds. Beginning in 1996 during the Clinton Administration, the
tax agency began issuing ITINs - Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers - to two classes of people. They are 1) aliens who do not have resident status but who otherwise have a tax liability in the U.S.; and 2) aliens living in the U.S. who are "not authorized to work in the United States."
By giving
illegal aliens official taxpayer ID numbers the IRS - and by permitting the agency to issue them, Congress is acting as an enabler, fomenting more illegal immigration. Indeed, the Treasury IG's Semiannual Report to Congress, which was published in October 1999, specifically pointed this out:
"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," TIGTA warned in the report, some 14 years ago (
The most recent IG report regarding the handling of ITINs was triggered by a pair of IRS employees who contacted members of Congress "alleging that IRS management was requiring employees to assign Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) even when the applications were fraudulent."
In an August 2012 press release, TIGTA said those complaints had been "validated."
38 percent of a single city's population
"TIGTA's audit found that IRS management has not established adequate internal controls to detect and prevent the assignment of an ITIN to individuals submitting questionable applications," said J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for Tax Administration. "Even more troubling, TIGTA found an environment which discourages employees from detecting fraudulent applications."
What is utterly remarkable, however, is the agency's incompetence when it comes to safeguarding your tax dollars. According to the IG's report, the agency assigned 6,411 ITINs to unauthorized aliens who presumably were using a single address in Morganton, N.C. But according to the 2010 census, only 16,681 people lived in that city - meaning that "for the IRS to have been correct in issuing 6,411 ITINS to unauthorized aliens at a single address in Morganton it would have meant that 38 percent of the town's total population were unauthorized alien workers using a single address," reported.
Elaborate parties. Wasteful spending on ridiculous "training videos." Thousands of dollars apiece for lavish hotel rooms. All while Americans are struggling more and more to pay their taxes and keep their heads above water.
Congress isn't just absent in its oversight role. It is criminally negligent.
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Report: Friendship may have greased wheels for IRS contracts
By Bernie Becker
Investigation finds IRS official helped friend win $500 million in contracts.
An IRS official helped funnel work to a friend whose technology company received some $500 million in agency contracts, according to a new congressional investigation.
The House Oversight Committee found that Greg Roseman, the IRS’s deputy director for IT acquisition, “helped steer contracts” to Braulio Castillo, the chief executive of Strong Castle, “through back channels.”
According to the report, Roseman did not tell other IRS officials about his close relationship with Castillo, and didn’t recuse himself from the contract process when Strong Castle made a bid.
Strong Castle grew from a company with about $250,000 in annual revenues to an outfit with potentially a half billion dollars in IRS contracts, in the six months after Castillo purchased the company with his wife in January 2012
House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and his panel’s report try to directly tie the Strong Castle contracts to the broader controversies that have enveloped the IRS in recent weeks, including the agency’s targeting of conservative groups.
Issa and other lawmakers, from both sides of the aisle, also sharply criticized the IRS for spending millions of dollars on conferences in recent years, and GOP lawmakers have repeatedly raised questions about whether the IRS is capable of implementing the Democratic healthcare law.
“Further scrutiny of waste and abuse at the IRS is needed for the American people to have confidence that the agency charged with collecting their hard-earned tax dollars can responsibly manage a new infusion of staff and funds,” the Oversight report said.
Castillo and Roseman are among the witnesses scheduled to appear at a Wednesday hearing on the report held by House Oversight. The IRS did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday, while Castillo said in a statement that he had worked closely with the IRS and other agencies as Strong Castle sought contracts.
“Throughout our work with the IRS, we have never received any improper preferential treatment, and have competed fairly for every contract that we have received. We are confident that the record will ultimately show that our company has committed no wrongdoing," Castillo said.
Roseman’s attorney has told the committee that his client will invoke his Fifth Amendment, according to a memo circulated by Democrats on the panel. The memo also said that Roseman had been reassigned pending a review of the situation by a Treasury inspector general.
Lois Lerner, an IRS official central to the targeting controversy, also cited the Fifth Amendment in declining to answer questions before Oversight last month. Congress is continuing to investigate the IRS’s treatment of groups seeking-tax exempt status, with a top Democrat stressing Monday that liberal organizations were singled out as well.
The Oversight report found that Castillo and Roseman became friends in 2003, after which they called or texted each other hundreds of times. Many of Roseman’s text messages, the report found, contained raunchy or homophobic language.
Strong Castle, named Signet Computer when purchased by the Castillos, had not won a federal contract before 2012, and has received under a $500,000 in contracts from other agencies since January of that year.
Meanwhile, between August 2012 and December 2012, the IRS sent almost $50 million to Strong Castle, with the potential for much more. The Treasury Department also gave Strong Castle an award for being a top small contractor in 2012.
The Oversight report also criticizes IRS brass for having yet to cancel a contract with Strong Castle. The agency’s Beth Tucker is scheduled to testify on Wednesday as well.
According to the panel, Castillo also took advantage of a provision to help businesses in less prosperous areas, and another for service-disabled veterans.
Oversight says that Strong Castle recently lost its Historically Underutilized Business Zone certification, after hiring full-time students at Catholic University and renting an office in the Gallery Place section of Washington. Castillo and his wife, meanwhile, worked in Virginia.
Castillo got the grant for disabled veterans, the report says, because of a foot injury he suffered in 1984 at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School, where he went to play football. The Strong Castle chief executive later played college football at the University of San Diego, and softball as an adult.
"By inappropriately using a personal relationship and abusing a provision designed to help disadvantaged businesses, the IRS and Strong Castle have made a mockery of fair and open competition for government contracts," Issa said in a Tuesday statement.
Castillo said in a statement that he had worked closely with the IRS and other agencies as it sought contracts.
“Throughout our work with the IRS, we have never received any improper preferential treatment, and have competed fairly for every contract that we have received. We are confident that the record will ultimately show that our company has committed no wrongdoing," Castillo said in a statement.
Why are IRS agents carrying shotguns? Isn't the power to tax threatening enough?
by: J. D. Heyes
Monday, June 24, 2013
(NaturalNews) The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has not been a favorite of American taxpayers for decades, and the recent revelations that the agency improperly targeted specific political groups opposed to President Obama who were seeking tax-exempt status will only further erode the public's trust.
But what is even more disturbing is the fact that the IRS is arming its growing number of "special agents," many with shotguns in addition to side arms. The question is why, considering there has been no rash of armed incidents involving IRS agents and taxpayers?
The agency's move to acquire shotguns began in with a request by the IRS posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website in 2010. The shotguns were being requested for the agency's "Criminal Investigation Division."
Bigger IRS, more armed agents, and Obamacare
At the time the IRS was seeking to purchase 60 Remington Model 870 Police 12-gauge pump-action shotguns, "the only weapons authorized for IRS duty," WorldNetDaily reported.
"The IRS Criminal Division includes roughly 2,700 special agents who are required to carry a firearm," the news site added.
What's more, the IRS is about get bigger - a lot bigger - thanks to Obamacare.
Consider that, in 2010, Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee issued a report saying the IRS may need as many as 16,500 additional auditors, agents and other employees "to investigate and collect billions in new taxes from Americans." No doubt many of these new hires will be armed.
In addition, Obamacare contains 21 new taxes (in addition to the mandate requiring Americans to purchase insurance - remember, the Supreme Court ruled that was a tax), and IRS agents will be granted many new powers. Per The Associated Press:
Under the law, the
IRS will provide tax breaks and incentives to help pay for health insurance and impose penalties on some people who don't buy coverage and on some businesses that don't offer it to employees. The changes will require new regulations, forms and publications, new computer programs and a big new outreach program to explain it all to taxpayers and tax professionals.

And this, from Fox Nation, which reported in March 2010:
Top IRS officials have been working with Democrats on Capitol Hill to determine how the agency will enforce President Obama's new health care law. Republican lawmakers estimate the legislation will require the hiring of many thousands of new (and armed) tax enforcement agents.
It's still unclear just how many new IRS agents will have to be hired, but what is very clear is that, under Obamacare, the IRS will be required to fine taxpayers (yet another retaliatory action charged to the hated IRS) thousands of dollars if they don't conform with the requirement to buy health insurance.
'16,500 armed thugs'
"In order for the government to enforce compliance, tax authorities will need information, for the first time, about people's health care. Collecting that data will require more IRS personnel," Fox Nation noted.
Before he retired from office, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas - long an opponent of the IRS and the nation's byzantine, punitive tax code - warned us all about the coming IRS army.
Paul, himself a physician, wondered aloud why - if Obamacare was simply a "reform" measure that was supposed to be "good for the country" - did the IRS need so many more armed agents.
"This is a command society now and medicine is right at the forefront of this....16,500 armed bureaucrats coming to make this program work - if it was a good program and everybody liked it, you wouldn't need 16,500 thugs coming with their guns and putting you in jail if you didn't follow all the rules," he said.
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IRS scandal revives talk of abolishing the IRS, shifting to simple, fair flat tax
by: J. D. Heyes
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
(NaturalNews) The recent spate of scandals involving abuse by the Internal Revenue Service of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status has once again revived talk of repealing most of the current byzantine tax code and replacing it with a tax that is much simpler and fairer - a move that would necessarily take away much of the tax agency's power and reduce its size dramatically.
None other than Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is leading the charge, having tweeted out his desire to fundamentally reform the IRS shortly before the House Appropriations Committee held a hearing on politically targeting the agency. Cruz's solution, actually, is to get rid of the agency altogether.
"Mr. President, if your #1 priority is fixing the problem, let's abolish the #IRS and ensure it NEVER happens again!" Cruz tweeted.
Later, in an interview with Fox News, Cruz clarified his position somewhat.
"I think we ought to abolish the IRS and instead move to a simple flat tax where the average American can fill out taxes on postcard," he said. "Put down how much you earn, put down a deduction for charitable contributions, home mortgage and how much you owe. It ought to be a simple one-page postcard, and take the agents, the bureaucracy out of Washington and limit the power of government."
IRS has too much power - period
During the 2012 election cycle, Cruz proposed a flat tax, but he said he would keep a standard deduction for lower-income earners and the deductions for mortgage interest and charitable donations, one because it rewards home ownership and the other because it encourages charitable giving.
"My obsessive focus would be using the levers of government to spur growth," he said in a candidate forum sponsored by the Dallas Morning News.
Cruz is just the latest in a small group of politicians who have called for either elimination of the IRS or dramatically downsizing it by greatly simplifying the U.S. tax code. The most recent advocate was former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas. He even advocated elimination of the income tax altogether, which would have required a repeal of the Sixteenth Amendment.
In most instances, Paul's position was ripped by both Democrats and Republicans alternately as impractical, silly, "extreme" or unreasonable, but looking back at why Paul felt the way he did makes him seem like a prophet, given all of the current scandals surrounding
the IRS.
"The bipartisan tradition of using the IRS as a tool to harass political opponents suggests that the problem is deeper than just a few 'rogue' IRS agents - or even corruption within one, two, three or many administrations," Paul wrote recently in his
weekly column, Texas Straight Talk. He should know: Paul spent decades in Congress watching his fellow lawmakers tinker with the tax code as a means of either rewarding key constituencies or punishing them, along with certain industries and businesses.
Plenty of hypocrisy
In fact, what Paul has warned about and what Cruz seeks to curb in the future are exactly the kinds of abuses the IRS heaped on conservative political action groups over the past few years, during the reign of imperial President Obama - all in an effort to limit their ability to criticize the president and challenge his policies.
And while he bears responsibility for the actions of all Executive Branch agencies (as head of the Executive Branch), what has been far less discussed during congressional hearings examining the scope of the IRS abuse is the fact that top Democrats in the House and Senate asked the IRS to single out the conservative organizations, a fact admitted by one of the Senate's senior Democratic members, Dick Durbin of Illinois. Retiring Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., though he is "leading an investigation" into the IRS targeting, himself requested the tax agency examine GOP-friendly groups in 2010. So there is no shortage of hypocrisy here.
Take all of this into account and add in the fact that under Obamacare, the IRS will become the chief enforcement agency regarding who has and has not purchased the mandated coverage and you can begin to really appreciate the position of those in Congress who want to take this mammoth, ill-conceived and out-of-control agency down several notches.
Whether you support a "fair
tax" or a "flat tax" or some variation hybrid thereof, the fact is the U.S. tax code is far too complex and far too politicized and it needs to go away.
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