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 Summarizes “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for 2017
CFEG reports that the IRS announced in February, 2017 its “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for 2017. The full
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IRS Employee Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Identity Theft and Unauthorized Disclosure of IRS Records
CFEG reports that on January 20, 2017 the Treasury Inspector General For Tax Administration (TIGTA) released a report on one
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CFEG Report on Taxpayers Avoiding Billions of Dollars in Backup Withholding Because of the Lack of IRS Enforcement
CFEG reports that the Treasury Inspector For Tax Administration (TIGTA) issued a report on September 14, 2016 (released to the
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Budget Cut
TREASURY INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR TAX ADMINISTRATION Analysis of Resources Allocated to Taxpayer Services
TREASURY INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR TAX ADMINISTRATION Analysis of Resources Allocated to Taxpayer Services  CFEG reports that the Treasury Inspector General
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Senate Finance Committee Report – A Review of IRS Travel – December 14, 2016
Senate Finance Committee Report – A Review of IRS Travel – December 14, 2016 CFEG reports that on December 14,
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Tax-related identity theft and Cybersecurity
Tax-related identity theft continues to have significant impact on both the IRS and on victims of this crime.  Identity theft
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TREASURY INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR TAX ADMINISTRATION
Review of the Enterprise E-Mail System Acquisition September 30, 2016 CFEG reports that the Treasury Inspector General For Tax Administration
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IRS and Security Summit Partners Warn of Fake Tax Bill Emails
CFEG reports that the IRS and its Security Partners on September 22, 2016 issued an alert to taxpayers to be
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CFEG Warns That Taxpayers Should Be On The Look Out For Fake Emails Purporting to Contain an IRS Tax Bill
CFEG reports that on September 22, 2016 the IRS and Security Summit partners issued an alert to taxpayers and tax
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Convictions and pleas
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) was established under the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 to
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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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