Video: IRS scandal twist: "Occupy," marijuana groups also targeted

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The tax agency now says conservatives weren't the only ones targeted for special scrutiny.

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senior citizen

Granite City, IL

#1 Jun 25, 2013
This is BS - these groups would have showed up and complained long before now - this is some more of the DEMS LIES. This is so it won't look so bad because of what IRS done to the conservatives. They need to get an outsider to investigate IRS since we all know these chiefs that Obama has selected will lie and lie again to protect him. Look at Susan Rice, Hillary and the list goes on and on.

IRS also sent out thousands of refunds to one address? They are just as incompetent as Obama.

“BILLARY 2016 ”

Since: Aug 07

Location hidden

#2 Jun 25, 2013
senior citizen wrote:
This is BS - these groups would have showed up and complained long before now - this is some more of the DEMS LIES. This is so it won't look so bad because of what IRS done to the conservatives. They need to get an outsider to investigate IRS since we all know these chiefs that Obama has selected will lie and lie again to protect him. Look at Susan Rice, Hillary and the list goes on and on.
IRS also sent out thousands of refunds to one address? They are just as incompetent as Obama.
Sorry, grandpa.....
The IRS story has two sides
but FAUX news watchers like
you only like to hear one
side: The made-up one.

Good luck with that.
Brad

Manchester, CT

#3 Jun 25, 2013
senior citizen wrote:
This is BS - these groups would have showed up and complained long before now - this is some more of the DEMS LIES. This is so it won't look so bad because of what IRS done to the conservatives. They need to get an outsider to investigate IRS since we all know these chiefs that Obama has selected will lie and lie again to protect him. Look at Susan Rice, Hillary and the list goes on and on.
IRS also sent out thousands of refunds to one address? They are just as incompetent as Obama.
You're only as competent as your leadership.

I pity the poor fool who lives at the address all those returns were sent to.
What idiot of a Government employee delivered all those articles of mail?LOL
senior citizen

Granite City, IL

#4 Jun 25, 2013
x0x0x wrote:
<quoted text>Sorry, grandpa.....
The IRS story has two sides
but FAUX news watchers like
you only like to hear one
side: The made-up one.
Good luck with that.
NOT FOX

IRS sent refunds to 23,994 undocumented immigrants at same address
June 22, 2013 by Michael Dorstewitz

The Internal Revenue Service sent 23,994 tax refunds to a single Atlanta address for a total of $46,378,040 in 2011 — and each of the refunds averaging over $1,900 went to undocumented immigrants, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
Although that single Atlanta address was perhaps the most egregious example, it was by no means the only one. As it turns out,“four of the top ten addresses to which the IRS sent thousands of tax refunds to ‘unauthorized’ aliens were in Atlanta,” as reported by CNS News.
Nor is the problem limited to Atlanta or even Georgia. Similar examples can be found all over the country. Here in South Florida, the IRS sent 1,972 refunds to “unauthorized” recipients totaling $2,256,302, all going to a single address in Palm Beach Gardens.
Other cities hard hit with thousands of refunds going to a single address include Oxnard, Calif., Raleigh, N.C., Phoenix, Ariz., San Jose, Calif. and Alvin, Calif. In each case, millions in improper IRS refunds were sent to one residence.
The problem began in 1996, when the IRS began issuing Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers to undocumented immigrants who are “not authorized to work in the United States.” Three years later, the Treasury Inspector General reported the problem with this practice.
“The IRS issues Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) to undocumented aliens to improve nonresident alien compliance with tax laws. This IRS practice seems counter-productive to the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s (INS) mission to identify undocumented aliens and prevent unlawful alien entry,” TIGTA warned in that long-ago report.
But the practice continues, and the problem persists. Two IRS employees eventually went to a member of Congress “alleging that IRS management was requiring employees to assign Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) even when the applications were fraudulent,” according to the Inspector General’s 2012 audit.
All-in-all, the Inspector General found “154 addresses around the country that appeared on 1,000 or more ITIN applications made to the IRS” CNS reported.
CNS’s Terence Jeffrey continued:
Perhaps the most remarkable act of the IRS was this: It assigned 6,411 ITINs to unauthorized aliens presumably using a single address in Morganton, North Carolina. According to the 2010 Census, there were only 16,681 people in Morganton.
In the age of computers, this would be something easily nipped in the bud — if the IRS wanted it nipped.
Also, the $70 million in employee bonuses the IRS is demanding suddenly seems like small potatoes compared to this.
But most of all, I keep thinking that in 2014, this same agency, the IRS, is going to be running the Affordable Care Act. If they can’t competently handle their own business, how can we expect them to administer Obamacare?

“BILLARY 2016 ”

Since: Aug 07

Location hidden

#5 Jun 25, 2013
senior citizen wrote:
<quoted text>
NOT FOX
IRS sent refunds to 23,994 undocumented immigrants at same address
June 22, 2013 by Michael Dorstewitz
The Internal Revenue Service sent 23,994 tax refunds to a single Atlanta address for a total of $46,378,040 in 2011 — and each of the refunds averaging over $1,900 went to undocumented immigrants, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
Although that single Atlanta address was perhaps the most egregious example, it was by no means the only one. As it turns out,“four of the top ten addresses to which the IRS sent thousands of tax refunds to ‘unauthorized’ aliens were in Atlanta,” as reported by CNS News.
Nor is the problem limited to Atlanta or even Georgia. Similar examples can be found all over the country. Here in South Florida, the IRS sent 1,972 refunds to “unauthorized” recipients totaling $2,256,302, all going to a single address in Palm Beach Gardens.
Other cities hard hit with thousands of refunds going to a single address include Oxnard, Calif., Raleigh, N.C., Phoenix, Ariz., San Jose, Calif. and Alvin, Calif. In each case, millions in improper IRS refunds were sent to one residence.
The problem began in 1996, when the IRS began issuing Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers to undocumented immigrants who are “not authorized to work in the United States.” Three years later, the Treasury Inspector General reported the problem with this practice.
“The IRS issues Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) to undocumented aliens to improve nonresident alien compliance with tax laws. This IRS practice seems counter-productive to the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s (INS) mission to identify undocumented aliens and prevent unlawful alien entry,” TIGTA warned in that long-ago report.
But the practice continues, and the problem persists. Two IRS employees eventually went to a member of Congress “alleging that IRS management was requiring employees to assign Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) even when the applications were fraudulent,” according to the Inspector General’s 2012 audit.
All-in-all, the Inspector General found “154 addresses around the country that appeared on 1,000 or more ITIN applications made to the IRS” CNS reported.
CNS’s Terence Jeffrey continued:
Perhaps the most remarkable act of the IRS was this: It assigned 6,411 ITINs to unauthorized aliens presumably using a single address in Morganton, North Carolina. According to the 2010 Census, there were only 16,681 people in Morganton.
In the age of computers, this would be something easily nipped in the bud — if the IRS wanted it nipped.
Also, the $70 million in employee bonuses the IRS is demanding suddenly seems like small potatoes compared to this.
But most of all, I keep thinking that in 2014, this same agency, the IRS, is going to be running the Affordable Care Act. If they can’t competently handle their own business, how can we expect them to administer Obamacare?
Good question.
You hear lawmakers say over
and over and over again
"we have to revise the tax code
and make it simpler."

They keep saying it but as usual,
our do-nothing Congress is all
talk. Instead of making things
simpler for everyone and reducing
the burden the IRS already bears,
they do nothing other than
fight, pander, fund raise and vacation.

Since: Sep 08

Neon City Oh.

#6 Jun 25, 2013
Get real folks. The IRS,FBI have been going after people because of their views, ever since there has been an IRS,FBI.

The only reason you now hear about it, is because the TeaParty is owned by the Kochs.
Cat74

Palatine, IL

#7 Jun 25, 2013
Oh, I don't think Obama has any loyalty to liberal groups. He has no loyalty to any group but his religion. Once again he wants to go around congress to get global warming rules. Sooner or later the Democrats that don't believe in his Muslim approach to the United States will have to step forward to save their own reputation. Already he can write off his first half of his second term. Couldn't get gun control. Couldn't get the over loaded Farm bill. Immigration? Doesn't look good either.
Fire the GOP

Brooklyn, NY

#8 Jun 25, 2013
This is not surprising. The GOP continue chasing after birth certificates while the rest of American are concerned about other things. Fire the GOP and their tax avoiding TEA baggers!
Brad

Manchester, CT

#9 Jun 25, 2013
WDRussell wrote:
Get real folks. The IRS,FBI have been going after people because of their views, ever since there has been an IRS,FBI.
The only reason you now hear about it, is because the TeaParty is owned by the Kochs.
We're hearing about it because the blatant disregard for accountability brought on by Oblamers brand of corrupt Chicago politics is spreading like wild-fire through many of our Government agencies.

Its all a direct bi-product of our leadership,or lack there of.

Since: Dec 07

Palestine, TX

#10 Jun 25, 2013
The dems fabricating BS again to cover their ass! Hilarious...

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#11 Jun 25, 2013
x0x0x wrote:
<quoted text>Sorry, grandpa.....
The IRS story has two sides
but FAUX news watchers like
you only like to hear one
side: The made-up one.
Good luck with that.
IRS: Targeting Was Broader, Lasted Longer Than Previously Reported...

Employees Directed to Treat 'Progressive' Groups Differently From 'Tea Party' Groups...
Cat74

Palatine, IL

#12 Jun 25, 2013
Fire the GOP? Not a chance. People who didn't vote in 2012 are registering to vote in 2014. Southern Democrats don't vote in off year elections, so even if they register their illegal aliens there is no guarantee they will go vote, or that they will vote Democrat once they get their way on amnesty. They won't need the Democrats then. And how about that Union vote. White members taking a cut in pay might not be so ready to re elect the party that caused it all.

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#13 Jun 25, 2013
Fire the GOP wrote:
This is not surprising. The GOP continue chasing after birth certificates while the rest of American are concerned about other things. Fire the GOP and their tax avoiding TEA baggers!
What BC are we chasing pookie. Obama's is locked in a Box in Hawaii. I don't know where the photoshopped fake copy is kept.

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#14 Jun 25, 2013
WDRussell wrote:
Get real folks. The IRS,FBI have been going after people because of their views, ever since there has been an IRS,FBI.
The only reason you now hear about it, is because the TeaParty is owned by the Kochs.
Really, and Obama and company are owned by George Soros and the Communist Party. What's your point pookie. The constitution gives us rights and illegal electronic or physical searches are not granted by the constitution.

“Stop the Brain Rot”

Since: Jan 12

Take a Looonng Vacation

#15 Jun 25, 2013
Which blows the entire rightwingnut claim that this was all about 'suppressing the votes and representation of conservative groups' out of the water, I'm happy to say.

If the IRS has been targetting any kind of political group as well as any group advocating causes such as being for drugs or against taxes, then there's no real discrimination going on here, is there? We just need to look more into how the IRS decides who to target and what their policy on that should be going forward.

So much for the IRS "scandal"....

“Stop the Brain Rot”

Since: Jan 12

Take a Looonng Vacation

#16 Jun 25, 2013
senior citizen wrote:
This is BS - these groups would have showed up and complained long before now - this is some more of the DEMS LIES. This is so it won't look so bad because of what IRS done to the conservatives. They need to get an outsider to investigate IRS since we all know these chiefs that Obama has selected will lie and lie again to protect him. Look at Susan Rice, Hillary and the list goes on and on.
IRS also sent out thousands of refunds to one address? They are just as incompetent as Obama.
LOL! I knew it'd upset you 'wingnuts. "It'sh a CONSHPIRASHY!!"

LOLOLOL

“Stop the Brain Rot”

Since: Jan 12

Take a Looonng Vacation

#17 Jun 25, 2013
Cat74 wrote:
Oh, I don't think Obama has any loyalty to liberal groups. He has no loyalty to any group but his religion. Once again he wants to go around congress to get global warming rules. Sooner or later the Democrats that don't believe in his Muslim approach to the United States will have to step forward to save their own reputation. Already he can write off his first half of his second term. Couldn't get gun control. Couldn't get the over loaded Farm bill. Immigration? Doesn't look good either.
Cat's moronic equation:

Kenya = Communist = Islam = Liberalism = Socialism = Global Warming

LOL...could anyone be dumber and crazier than you? I wonder...

“Stop the Brain Rot”

Since: Jan 12

Take a Looonng Vacation

#18 Jun 25, 2013
au Dimbot wrote:
<quoted text>What BC are we chasing pookie. Obama's is locked in a Box in Hawaii. I don't know where the photoshopped fake copy is kept.
You don't know where your arse is kept either, Spambot, or the difference between it and a hole in the ground. That's evident from your laughable Birtherism. It's like an admission of idiocy in anyone who makes it...:)

“Stop the Brain Rot”

Since: Jan 12

Take a Looonng Vacation

#19 Jun 25, 2013
Bluebonnets-Thistle wrote:
The dems fabricating BS again to cover their ass! Hilarious...
Let's laugh at your proof. C'mon, present it for us, Blueballs...:)

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#20 Jun 25, 2013
tha Professor wrote:
Which blows the entire rightwingnut claim that this was all about 'suppressing the votes and representation of conservative groups' out of the water, I'm happy to say.
If the IRS has been targetting any kind of political group as well as any group advocating causes such as being for drugs or against taxes, then there's no real discrimination going on here, is there? We just need to look more into how the IRS decides who to target and what their policy on that should be going forward.
So much for the IRS "scandal"....
IRS: Targeting Was Broader, Lasted Longer Than Previously Reported...

Employees Directed to Treat 'Progressive' Groups Differently From 'Tea Party' Groups...

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