Saturday, September 3, 2016

One Million SSNs are Stolen, IRS Doesn't Tell Anyone

Trigger Warning:
I mean seriously...
It seems that the IRS has recently discovered that illegal immigrants have stolen over one million social security numbers.  And by recently I mean they learned this almost five years ago:
The IRS has discovered more than 1 million Americans whose Social Security numbers were stolen by illegal immigrants, but officials never bothered to tell the taxpayers themselves, the agency’s inspector general said in a withering new report released Tuesday.

Investigators first alerted the IRS to the problem five years ago, but it’s still not fixed, the inspector general said, and a pilot program meant to test a solution was canceled, and fell woefully short anyway.

As a result most taxpayers don’t learn that their identities have been stolen and their Social Security files may be screwed up.

“Taxpayers identified as victims of employment-related identity theft are not notified,” the inspector general said.

Victims’ numbers are stolen by illegal immigrants who need to give employers a valid Social Security number in order to get a job. Employers are prohibited from probing too deeply into numbers, even when they suspect fraud.
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 "Radius surely the IRS told these people their social security numbers were stolen.  It's not like they wouldn't try to fix this huge mess."

Why yes, yes they did tell people.  They told about 25,000 people their social security numbers were stolen.  In 2014.  Under a pilot program.  Don't worry, though.  The IRS is going to TRY and tell everyone their numbers were stolen.

Next year...



  1. I believe this problem has been going on for far longer than 5 years. More like 20 or more. It is going to be epic when the legal owners of those SS #'s try and collect upon retirement.

    1. No doubt it's been going on longer than 5 years. I also don't doubt that the IRS knew long before. Yet another example of government incompetence...


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