For a long time running now, one of the most popular pages on my blog has been an explanation of "How Illegal Aliens get a 'Social Security Number' in their own Name"
The blog post has received a number of very opinionated comments and I had even received a message that I had been reported to the Government for publishing a 'how-to' guide for illegal aliens. This of course is idiotic given that the illegal alien community shares with newcomers the tricks of the trade.
Now comes word via the TaxProf Blog just how widespread this fraud is.
IRS Has 70% Error Rate in Issuance of Taxpayer ID Numbers, Resulting in Fraudulent Tax Refunds
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) today publicly released its review of the IRS's processing of applications for Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs).
TIGTA reviewed a sample of ITIN applications and found that almost 70% contained significant errors and/or raised concerns that should have prevented the issuance of an ITIN. The IRS estimates that it has issued more than 14 million ITINs as of December 2008.
ITINs are intended to provide tax identification numbers to resident and nonresident alien individuals who may have U.S. tax reporting or filing obligations but do not qualify for Social Security Numbers, which generally are only issued to U.S. citizens and individuals legally admitted to the U.S. ...
"The number of individual income tax returns filed using ITINs and reporting wage income has increased by 247 percent from 2001 to 2008," commented J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. "If the IRS continues to issue ITINs without proper verification, the risk of fraudulently filed returns – along with fraudulently claimed refunds – will continue to rise," added Inspector General George. - TaxProf Blog
So how many illegal aliens are working at jobs that report their earnings to the IRS. For 2008, there were at least 1.8 million jobs being done by illegal aliens who have given their employer an ITIN number claiming it was their Social Security Number. The number might be even higher as the total was of returns where an ITIN number was used for wage income. It does not take into account any joint filings where both filers used an ITIN.
Keep in mind that is close to 2 million jobs that could be done by Americans who are out of work that are instead being done by illegal aliens. And forget about that excuse that illegal aliens are doing the jobs that Americans won't do. These are jobs in companies reporting their earnings to the IRS. You can bet that there are Americans alongside them. The problem is that the Americans willing to do those jobs are in different parts of the country where politicians refuse to suggest that they move to where the work is.