So why should we care about a new report out by the U.S. Treasury inspector general about the federal government's Individual Taxpayer Identification Number program.  According to Fox News, the inspector general "accuses the IRS of discouraging employees from reviewing applications for the ID numbers, which are generally from non-resident workers" and "said there were 154 mailing addresses that were used 1,000 or more times on applications, including 15,795 numbers assigned to a Phoenix address."  So why does this matter? Read on:

The report basically outlines that with the process they use, people who haven't proved who they are, can file a fraudulent tax return.  So let's just give some more money to people when they haven't earned it, and they don't deserve it.

Some more stats from the report are as follows:

  • 10 individual addresses were used for filing 53,994 tax returns and receiving $86.4 million in fraudulent tax refunds
  • 23,994 tax refunds totaling $46.3 million were issued to an address in Atlanta
  • 2,507 tax refunds totaling $10.4 million were issued to an address in Oxnard, Calififornia
  • 10 bank accounts received 23,560 tax refunds totaling more than $16 million-- including: 2,706 tax refunds issued to a single account totaling $7.3 million

Louisiana Congressman Charles Boustany says he wants answers.  I am glad that he does because I want answers too.  Why is it we just continue the same old systems in our country, and we allow people to keep ripping us off? is some more money from the federal take's yours!  Spend freely!!!!! The stupid taxpayers will just give you more to spend!!!!  Ugh, do you feel like that how the conversations go lately?

The IRS's response was yes, we recognize some problems but, we “moved quickly and aggressively to address issues that were identified.”  ahahahhahahahhahah.......................that's the best one I have heard all week.

Here is my solution.  Let's make fraud and waste in government our first responsibility.  One full year of investigating and jailing people that are ripping off the taxpayers.  Can you imagine how much money our government would have then?