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Old 02-16-2011, 10:31 AM
 
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The haul was part of $39.1 million in undeserved federal tax refunds the IRS issued to jail and prison inmates nationwide for phantom jobs on phony returns, the data shows. That's nearly triple the $13.4 million annual in tax refunds the IRS reported it issued to prison scammers just five years earlier. ( 2009 )


George added that "prisoners continue to find new ways to exploit weaknesses in the system in order to receive refunds to which they are not entitled." Underscoring that warning, a second inspector general audit issued Feb. 3 found that 29 inmates received nearly $50,000 in federal tax credits for electric and alternative motor vehicles they falsely claimed in tax return

Prisoner tax scams are a longstanding problem
Evidence in federal court cases indicates they're typically run by inmates who gain access to the Social Security numbers and identifying information of others — sometimes including fellow prisoners — and then use the data to file false tax returns that generate thousands of dollars in refunds.
In some cases, the inmates search the Internet for listings of businesses that have filed for bankruptcy. Listing a defunct firm as employer on a false tax return can make it difficult for the IRS to verify the claim.
The scams often involve inmates' relatives or friends who are not behind bars. They receive and cash IRS refund checks, then deposit funds in prison accounts.
Danilo Suarez, 50, a Florida convict who has served time for drug possession and other charges, scammed at least $58,022 in IRS refunds by filing 14 or more false tax returns .

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http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/taxes/2011-02-16-1Ainmates16_CV_N.htm?sms_ss=email&at_xt=4d5c095865 9fbfc0%2C0
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:34 AM
 
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Obama is more concerned about hiring IRS agents to enforce/collect the tanning tax and medical devise taxes under his now judicially cancelled Obamacare. Redistribution of wealth to prisoners, not so much.

Time to throw out this federal income tax system completely and start over. There is just too much room for abuse.
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:36 AM
 
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All refunds should be forfeited to the state to subsidize their incarceration.
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:48 AM
 
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Obama is more concerned about hiring IRS agents to enforce/collect the tanning tax and medical devise taxes under his now judicially cancelled Obamacare. Redistribution of wealth to prisoners, not so much.

Time to throw out this federal income tax system completely and start over. There is just too much room for abuse.
The report says " Prison tax scams are a longterm problem " If this has been going on so long, one asks why ?
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:56 AM
 
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The report says " Prison tax scams are a longterm problem " If this has been going on so long, one asks why ?
Criminals don't stop commiting crimes just because they are behind bars. They also spend time filing frivilous lawsuits, sexually molesting other inmates, committing violent assault/murder, dealing drugs, etc... . They have nothing but time on their hands.
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:57 AM
 
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The obvious solution is more agents to help the existing inept ones
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:21 PM
 
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Criminals don't stop commiting crimes just because they are behind bars. They also spend time filing frivilous lawsuits, sexually molesting other inmates, committing violent assault/murder, dealing drugs, etc... . They have nothing but time on their hands.
So true !......

I think the IRS can seize the inmates prison accounts with all that cash ?
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:29 PM
 
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The FAIR TAX would eliminate this problem also..
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:41 PM
 
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The report says " Prison tax scams are a longterm problem " If this has been going on so long, one asks why ?
I guess it's all part of that "waste, fraud and abuse" stuff that they are going after..any day now...their really serious now...you just watch...I can just feel the deficit shrinking....
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