But Atlanta wasn’t the only place where these “unauthorized aliens” supposedly lived. Millions of dollars in refunds also went to addresses in California, North Carolina, Florida and other states.
So, just what is an “unauthorized alien”?
Well, the IRS issues these Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers to two types of non-resident aliens. One is non-resident aliens that have no tax liability and the second is aliens living in the US who are “not authorized to work in the United States.”
But these numbers are still used by illegals to get work in the US even though they aren’t supposed to be used in such a way. This is a long-known fault in the system. Even as far back as October of 1999 the government reported on the abuse of these ID numbers.
IRS whistleblowers have raised the alarm on the practice of issuing these ID numbers noting that the numbers are issued with little to no oversight or verification.
The TIGTA report verifies that claim.
The IRS, for instance, issued ID numbers to 15,796 “people” all registered to a single Atlanta address. Also revealed were 6,411 ID numbers registered to one North Carolina address, 16,681 to another NC address, 15,028 to a single Texas address, and 10,356 to a New Jersey address. This is likely just scratching the surface of such abuse.