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The IRS has paid out as much as $5.2 billion in fraudulent tax refunds to immigrants, and ignored employees who tried to warn agency higher-ups of its mistakes, according to a new audit released Wednesday by the agency’s inspector general.The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said identity theft fraud could cost the government $21 billion over the next five years unless the IRS takes steps to crack down on the bogus use of Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers ITINs which are issued to immigrants — legal and illegal — in lieu of Social Security numbers, so they can pay taxes.

via IRS paid out billions in bogus refunds under program for immigrants – Washington Times.