When can you use an SSN to commit fraud, and the IRS will help you do it?

When can you use an SSN to commit fraud, and the IRS will help you do it?
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Oh, come on, just guess.  You know you know this.

When you’re an illegal immigrant, of course.

The IRS doesn’t even make a coy pretense that you can’t do this.  Well, technically, you probably can’t do this, because you, reader, are probably not an illegal immigrant.  I can’t do this either.  A whole bunch of us can’t do this.  It’s a felony, and we’d face the potential for serious consequences if we tried it.

We’re the chumps who keep going around registering our vehicles as the law requires, telling the truth to get driver’s licenses, buying insurance to satisfy state regulators, and using our legal, one-each SSNs for honest, legal purposes.

As far as the IRS is concerned, all of us are just audit bait, and probably suspicious-looking conservative non-profits waiting to happen.

The IRS is very up-front about this.  The same IRS that congratulates itself for preventing conservative groups from gaining tax-exempt status proudly goes out of its way to enable illegals to file tax returns on income obtained using fraudulent SSNs — and obtain refunds.

Don’t take my word for it.  Senator Daniel Coats (R-IN) asked IRS Commissioner John Koskinen why this is happening, and why his agency is ignoring notifications from Social Security that names and SSNs on tax forms don’t match.

Koskinen replied, “What happens in these situations is someone is using a Social Security number to get a job, but they’re filing their tax return with their [taxpayer identification number].” What that means, he said, is that “they are undocumented aliens … . They’re paying taxes. It’s in everybody’s interest to have them pay the taxes they owe.”

As long as the information is being used only to fraudulently obtain jobs, Koskinen said, rather than to claim false tax returns, the agency has an interest in helping them. “The question is whether the Social Security number they’re using to get the job has been stolen. It’s not the normal identity theft situation,” he said.

Well, sure.  Just like it’s not the normal vehicular homicide situation when a drunk illegal hits and kills a 21-year-old woman in Omaha.  They’d throw the book at you or me.  But if you’re an illegal, the justice system is likely to simply open the jail door and tell you to get lost.

The day is not very far off when the American people will no longer be invested in this status quo.  Obedience to it makes less and less sense by the day.  Authorities who treat the people this way are not our “Constitution” or our “American system” at work.  They’re a vicious, lawless aberration.

J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer is a retired Naval Intelligence officer who lives in Southern California, blogging as The Optimistic Conservative for domestic tranquility and world peace. Her articles have appeared at Hot Air, Commentary’s Contentions, Patheos, The Daily Caller, The Jewish Press, and The Weekly Standard.

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