Latest Fraud, Waste and Abuse Articles

CFEG researches and reports on fraud, waste and abuse within the federal government with the goal of educating the public, the Congress and preventing and eliminating it through legislative and program initiatives.

IRS Fails To Properly Notify Taxpayers of Their Rights When Requested to Extend the Assessment Statute of Limitations
CFEG researches and reports on abuses within the federal government with the goal of educating the public, the Congress and
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President Trump Signs A New Law Stopping Asset Forfeiture Abuse By The IRS
CFEG researches and reports on fraud, waste and abuse within the federal government with the goal of educating the public,
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The IRS Has Rehired Hundreds of Fired Employees. Congress Should Step In.
For one of the most punitive agencies in the federal government, the IRS sure is forgiving with its own employees.
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IRS Employee Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Identity Theft and Unauthorized Disclosure of IRS Records 
CFEG reports that on November 21, 2016, in a federal district court in the Western District of Tennessee, and IRS
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Former IRS Employee Indicted for Filing Fraudulent Tax Returns and Aggravated Identity Theft
CFEG reports that on January 13, 2017, in a federal district court in the Western District of Missouri, a former
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IRS Employee Sentenced in a Scheme to Defraud the IRS
CFEG reports that on May 12, 2017, in a federal district court in the Eastern District of New York, a
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IRS Employee Arrested in a Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme
CFEG reports that on May 11, 2017, in the Northern District of Georgia, an IRS employee was arrested for her
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IRS Employee Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy Involving Unauthorized Disclosure of IRS Records
The Inspector General for Tax Administration reported that on July 19, 2016, in a federal district court in the Western
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IRS Employee Sentenced for Identity Theft in Connection with Audit
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) reported that on August 3, 2016, in a federal district court in
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Former IRS Employee Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Defraud the IRS on November 8, 2018
CFEG reports that on November 8, 2018, in a federal district court in the Middle District of Florida, former Internal
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What is the Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud Problem?

In general, tax-related identity theft occurs when an individual intentionally uses the Social Security number (SSN) of another person to file a false tax return with the intention of ob­taining an unauthorized refund. Identity theft wreaks havoc on our tax system in many ways. Victims of identity theft not only must deal with the aftermath of an emotionally draining crime, but may also have to deal with the IRS for years to untangle the resulting tax account problems. Identity theft also impacts the public fisc, as Treasury funds are diverted to pay out improper refunds claimed by opportunistic perpetrators. In addition, identity theft takes a significant toll on the IRS, tying up limited resources that it could otherwise shift to taxpayer service or compliance initiatives

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Committee For Efficient Government reports that the House Ways and Means Committee held an Oversight Hearing on Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud and cyber security issues on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m….

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