CNS News has an interesting article about how the IRS has for years been giving out Individual Tax Identification Numbers to illegal aliens for years. I suppose they did so in order to collect tax revenue from illegals working in the United States, which kind of makes sense, but they did so without input from Congress, and in violation of a law passed by Congress and then President Bill Clinton.
This regulation said the IRS would grant what it called Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITINs) to aliens who did not qualify to work in the United States and did not qualify for Social Security Numbers. The IRS had three basic requirements for people receiving these numbers: 1) they had to be an alien, 2) they could not be qualified to work in the United States or have a Social Security Number, 3) they owed taxes in the United States.
In issuing this regulation, the IRS said Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code would apply to the aliens it granted these ITINs. Section 6103 says the IRS must keep tax information confidential and, with a few exceptions, may not share that information with other government agencies.
In September 1999, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, which has oversight over the IRS, published an audit report on the ITIN regulation. It was titled, “The Internal Revenue Service’s Individual Tax Identification Number Program Was Not Implemented in Accordance with Internal Revenue Service Code Regulations.”
The IG pointed out that the IRS’s claim that it could issue ITINs to illegal aliens and then decline to provide information about those illegal aliens to the federal immigration enforcement agency—then called the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)—specifically contradicted the terms of the 1996 immigration reform law.
Read the whole thing. So if the IRS could get away with issuing ITINs, what’s to stop them from deeming illegal aliens, or newly legalized aliens, eligible for Obamacare subsidies? What’s stopping the IRS of doing whatever the hell they feel like doing anymore? Sheesh.