Howard Antelis, an American patriot, federal employee, and now publicized whistleblower worked tirelessly to expose the fraud running rampant in the IRS. “We were being told by upper management to ignore fraud, to assign ITIN numbers and … pay out refunds to people who are lying. It’s a license to steal when you allow that.”
As a result, the IRS is going to be audited: Oh how the tables have turned!
At the heart of the fraud is the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), a nine-digit number assigned to individuals who are required to file a federal tax return but do not have a social security numbers. Any illegal can get an ITIN by sending the IRS various documents which are notoriously easy to forge and falsify (such as birth records, driving records, school records, vaccination records, etc.).
As anybody could reasonably guess, forged records poured into the IRS, but workers were encouraged by management to ignore the forgeries, as fraud would slow the whole operation.
What’s the worst that could happen with forgeries going to the IRS?
The Center for Immigration Studies reports that more than 3 million returns were filed with ITINs in the 2010 tax year alone. 2.3 million of those paid no federal income taxes and also collected a cumulative $4 billion in tax refunds.
Howard Antelis, a tax examiner at the IRS’ ITIN processing center in Austin Texas, had seen many cases of fraud submitted, and notified his bosses about the false information, but he was instructed to approve the applications anyway.
Frustrated by repeated refusals to deal with the issue, he called up Washington DC’s Inspector General’s office.
“I’ve been working for the federal government for 23 years and I signed an ethical standard of conduct when I went to work that says if you see fraud, you need to report it,” he said. “I tried and tried and tried, couldn’t get anywhere so … I went into a quiet room and started making phone calls.”
So pretty much illegal aliens who are committing fraud through these ITIN numbers not only manage to pay no federal income taxes, but also that they’re getting back social security and plenty of other goodies in their refund.
And our IRS simply ignores it.
Full story here http://www.wnd.com/2012/07/and-finally-the-irs-gets-audited/
I think this brings up one of my major contentions with government programs in general. Government entities are not profit driven, they’re not affected by their bottom line and they receive funding even if they’re doing poorly.
Government employees are notoriously hard to fire, government agencies are virtually impossible to dismantle, and these organizations seem to be filled with people who would much rather coast and take the easy way out then actually accomplishing some good work (if the DMV is any indication).
Of course I am over-generalizing, but you get my point.
What do government agencies have to fear? You can’t fine or sue them—it’s taxpayer money. You can fire a few people but this never solves any of the ingrained problems in the lethargic system. And it’s not like these organizations are very worried about saving you, the taxpayer, money.
At least in private enterprise the continual search for profit creates more efficient environments to do business and accomplish tasks than government agencies ever will.
The one exception to this might be the military, but they are competing in a global market of their own.