While we in Hanover and New Kent are behind the lines, I will try to keep you informed – from a Brat campaign email:
Last week, the Senate Finance Committee heard testimony from IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who stunned members with his admission that the IRS looks the other way when illegal aliens use stolen social security numbers to file tax returns.
Mr. Koskinen stated that when people fraudulently use Social Security numbers to get a job, and then file taxes using their IRS-issued individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITIN), the IRS is only concerned whether taxes are paid — not about people in the U.S. illegally, committing identity fraud.
Oftentimes, the Social Security numbers are borrowed from friends with permission, he told the committee, and, although the IRS is aware that the tax returns contain false W-2 information, the IRS proceeds to process the returns normally. Incredibly, this highly placed federal official then went on to say that the agency does not even bother to notify the people whose social security numbers have been abused!
BUT Brat was on the case (cite: PJ Media):
Brat sought to clarify comments Koskinen made in a recent Senate hearing about illegal immigrants using someone else’s Social Security number to work and an individual tax identification number to file a tax return.
“Should any agency go along with what it knows to be illegal activity?” Brat asked.
“Our responsibility is the administration of the tax code and it’s been made clear that not everybody who has an ITIN as it’s called is an illegal alien –for some reason they can’t get a Social Security number. And so the tax code is set up and our enforcement is that people who are earning money have an obligation to pay taxes, and we do everything we can to make sure they pay those taxes,” Koskinen said.
“To the extent that to get the employment they have borrowed or somehow gotten a Social Security number, that’s not a jurisdiction we have. In other words, our responsibility is to make sure they pay their taxes,” he added.
So Brat comes out this with:
Mr. Koskinen must be removed as head of the IRS
This admission by the IRS Commissioner is another example of why I and 62 other members of the House have signed on to a Resolution calling for Mr. Koskinen’s impeachment due to the repeated breach of his basic fiduciary duties.
I can understand the IRS’ dilemma but there must be a better way than placing people’s personal info at risk. Cong. Brat is taking a bold stand. Read my next post if you want to consider a protest at the polls about losing our beloved Representative.
Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders