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.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Return Preparer Indicted for Scheme to Receive False Tax Refunds
CFEG reports that on October 1, 2019, in a federal district court in the Southern District of Texas, an IRS
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IRS Employee Charged in Connection with Misusing Victim Identities to Commit Credit Card Fraud
CFEG reports that on October 2, 2019, in a federal district court in the Eastern District of Virginia, an IRS
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IRS Employee Pleads Guilty to Soliciting and Receiving Bribe
CFEG reports that on July 24, 2019, in a federal district court in the Central District of California, an Internal
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Temporary IRS Employee Sentenced for Theft of Federal Tax Remittances
CFEG reports that on April 5, 2019, in the Western District of North Carolina, an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) temporary
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Former IRS Employee Sentenced for Making False Statements
CFEG reports that on July 15, 2019, in a federal district court in the Eastern District of Kentucky, a former
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IRS Employee Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud and Theft of Government Property
CFEG reports that on October 7, 2019, in a federal district court in the Middle District of Tennessee, an IRS
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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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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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