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IRS Sent $46 Million In Refunds To ‘Unauthorized’ Workers At One Atlanta Address

In what appears to be a significant oversight, the Internal Revenue Service sent a total of $46,378,040 in refunds to “unauthorized” workers at one address in Atlanta, Ga., according to a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

Brought to light last year by WTHR-TV Indianapolis, the IRS’ $46 million in refunds included 23,994 tax payouts sent to the particular property in 2011.

As the audit report discloses, the Atlanta address is one of several that received a high number of refunds for Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) tax returns. ITINs are issued to those who are ineligible to obtain a Social Security number. However, it seems, the application for these identification numbers is flawed.

In the July 2012 report, entitled “Substantial Changes Are Needed to the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number Program to Detect Fraudulent Applications,” the Treasury Inspector General recommends an overhaul of the ITIN application program so that suspicious applicants are identified from the get-go.

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