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  • Outrageous!
    Cathy
    This is one of many reasons we need new leadership in the White House next year.
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  • Check out the year the problems started.
    Jerry A.
    The problems started in 2002 under W. I'll bet you voted for that good old boy. The problem was detected and is being fixed under someone you don't like. So you blame the administration who found and is fixing the problem? Yeah, that's not smart. Of course, neither is wanting to go back to the policies that failed. Your "new leadership" is filled with W's old cronies that got us into the mess.
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  • Outrageous? I Agree, But
    Fed1979
    What does the current administration have to do with a problem that originated in 2002?
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  • 1996
    deployed decoy
    The problem started in 1996 sir. That would have been another DEM in the white house. Why it took 6 years to FORMALLY ID. Ask the IRS. I have it on pretty good information the workers at the IRS figured this out in days. It was those political appointees that LIED to Congress this was never going on until 2002...
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  • 1996
    CAfed
    DDE you are so right. TIGTA has been telling IRS and Congres for YEARS the fake ID is not a good idea and billions in fraud refunds go out every year. Nobody wants to step up. IRS says it can't tell who is legal and who isn't and doesn't have the right to stop the refunds. My BACKSIDE !!! Safe trip home.
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  • Tip of the iceburg
    CC@IRS
    Another example of how politics runs the government without regard for the logistics. The lawmakers create laws and dictate their implementation to pander to their special interest groups. I remember when the ITIN Operation stood up, these and other concerns were raised. No one wanted to hear our concerns as IRS employees. When the Home Buyers credit was implemented, IRS employees immediately raised concerns. We were disregarded. The politicians needed to go on the news and proclaim how much money the government released to the public. Congress enacts tax changes and deadline with no time to protect against abuse and fraud. Earned Income credit is rampant with fraud but the politicians would rather give away billions than have people complain about being examined or audited. People file self employment income year after year without paying any taxes before retiring and collecting Social Security based on taxes never paid. Once Soc Sec is only income, the IRS declares them non collectable. The IRS use to reverse the credits from Social Security so they did not get credit for what they did not pay. Politicians did away with that. Lesson; everyone should file as self employed but not pay taxes for 10 years prior to retirement to bump up their Soc Sec payments. Bottom line; as civil servants we are required to keep our mouths shut and bear witness to the chronic fraud.
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  • Exactly....
    Cathy
    There is so much fraud and abuse that it makes me sick. We need to simplify the tax code AND enforce it. With the computing age there should be no reason why fraud is so rampant.
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  • That;s nothing new
    Klem from IRS
    IRS employees have long been driven to sacrifice quality for quantity. Management cannot use ROTERS (reocords of tax enforcement results)to evaluate employees so it uses bogus alternatives such as how long it takes to process items through the system or the number of items processed. If the desired statndard is issuing 10 TIN's in a day, employees will strive to issue 10 TIN's in a day, with no regard to the impact on the public fisc. It is that way in Collection, Tax Payer Advocate Service and Compliance. Case count has been tha mantra since 1998. It was made even worse around 2002 when strict timeframes were issued for the completion of large corporate exams. While IRS management will publicly deny such constraints exist, the front line empoloyees will tell a different story.
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  • Time management
    CC@IRS
    IRS management does not deny time utilzation is measured. It is careful how it does it in certain areas. Call sites have the Right Handle Time and transfer rate goals while ITIN is measured; your quantity and quality are measure (X amount per hour) to determine your evaluation. ROTERS addresses not measuring employees by $ amount collected or assessed, number of liens filed or non collectable closings.
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  • If this were on TV it would be a comedy
    dailycheese
    A couple of things. 1)IRS is hamstrung by disclosure laws. When IRS employees encounter identity theft, and they do every day, employees are not allowed to tell other federal agencies, like SSA, Homeland Security, and ICE. So instead of reporting the scofflaws who are using stolen SSN's, or filing returns using ITIN's, the IRS keeps sending out tax refunds. Not little refunds, but BIG refunds, to filers that claim earned income tax credit (EITC) and additional child tax credits. 2) IRS employees have been raising this issue for years. It's not a W fault or an Obama fault, it's a political fault. Whoever is "up there" does not want to step on the toes of all these potential or actual voters. Then you have the other big issue of identity theft using bogus SSN's or the SSN's of the deceased. Google Tampa and ID theft for an eyefull. The drug dealers find stealing refunds from the US less dangerous and more profitable than selling drugs. The IRS needs to tell the politicians that IRS is going to SLOW DOWN the processing of refunds so the returns can be verified BEFORE a refund is issued. That's going to irritate of lot of folks who want that refund fast, but its going to stop 2,317 refunds going to the same address in Lansing, Michigan.
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  • ITIN's latest fraud
    CC@IRS
    POA and illegals are filing tax returns with non-existing self-employment income showing large balances due. Revenue Officers and collections close these as non-collectable. No harm no foul right? WRONG. Some politicians are considering amnesty and legal residency to those "have shown to be productive members of our country". Filing filing tax returns is one of the criteria in the definition of "productive". These people have not paid a penny towards the goverment but technically they filed a return (bogus) and would meet the administration's criteria which is currently being drafted. This is the worst kept secret in DC but this hail mary pass may just win the 2012 election.
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