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TREASURY INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR TAX ADMINISTRATION
Improvements Are Needed to Ensure That Consistent Suitability Checks Are Performed for Participation in Internal Revenue Service Programs November 21,
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TREASURY INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR TAX ADMINISTRATION
Billions of Dollars of Potentially Erroneous Carryforward Claims Are Still Not Being Addressed   August 28, 2019 CFEG reports that
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IRS Employee Pleads Guilty to the Unauthorized Disclosure of Suspicious Activity Reports
CFEG reports that on August 14, 2019, in a federal district court in the Northern District of California, an IRS
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Employee Conduct Issues Are Not Considered When Prioritizing Overdue Background Reinvestigations
CFEG reports that on November 6, 2019 the Treasury Inspector General For Tax Administration (TIGTA) released a report on employee
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Former IRS Employee Sentenced to Prison for Tax Evasion Evaded Payment of over Half a Million Dollars in Taxes
former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employee and former attorney was sentenced yesterday to 32 months in prison in Las Vegas,
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The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Management and Performance Challenges Facing the Internal Revenue Service for Fiscal Year 2020
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Management and Performance Challenges Facing the Internal Revenue Service for Fiscal Year 2020
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The Electric-Vehicle Subsidy Racket The $7,500 tax credit is going to many buyers who don’t qualify.
A Chevrolet Volt hybrid car charging at a ChargePoint station in Los Angeles, Oct. 17, 2018. PHOTO: RICHARD VOGEL/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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IRS Failure To Address Annual Alimony Reporting Discrepancies Could Result In Over $1 Billion in Unreported Tax Over 5 Years
CFEG researches and reports on waste and mismanagement within the federal government with the goal of educating the public, the
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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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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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