IRS Sent $46,378,040 To ‘Unauthorized’ Aliens In 2011

Gee, isn’t it great that IRS workers are going to get some nice big bonuses this year as a reward for the great work they do? Not only do they target conservative and religious groups, and release American citizens’ confidential information, they are also incompetent. Either incompetent, or they purposely sent out $46,378,040 in tax refunds to “unauthorized” aliens. It’s not like they didn’t have clues, since these refunds were sent to the same addresses.

The Internal Revenue Service sent 23,994 tax refunds worth a combined $46,378,040 to “unauthorized” alien workers who all used the same address in Atlanta, Ga., in 2011, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

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.

The IRS sent 11,284 refunds worth a combined $2,164,976 to unauthorized 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. (Read More)

This seems like a problem that should be pretty easy to avoid. How hard can it be to set up a system that flags addresses used by more than a handful of people per year? Heck, a government that can read our emails, listen to our phone calls and track our movements should have no problem with something like that. But I guess keeping tax dollars out of the hands of criminal invaders isn’t a top priority for anyone in government these days.