A gigantic amount of money pumped out by Barack Obama’s free-spending government simply vanishes into thin air. As Lisa Rein of the Washington Post reports, the Treasury Department just found $4.2 billion of it:
The Internal Revenue Service allowed undocumented workers to collect $4.2 billion in refundable tax credits last year, a new audit says, almost quadruple the sum five years ago.
Although undocumented workers are not eligible for federal benefits, the report released Thursday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration concludes that federal law is ambiguous on whether these workers qualify for a tax break based on earned income called the additional child tax credit.
Taxpayers can claim this credit to reduce what they owe in taxes, often getting refunds from the government. The vagueness of federal law may have contributed to the $4.2 billion in credits, the report said.
The IRS said it lacks the authority to disallow the claims.
Really? Well, who does have the authority to disallow funky tax claims from people who can’t produce the baskets full of documentation legal citizens are routinely required to cough up?
How the heck are illegal aliens grabbing these tax credits, anyway? Rein explains how it works:
Wage earners who do not have Social Security numbers and are not authorized to work in the United States can use what the IRS calls individual taxpayer identification numbers. Often these result in fraudulent claims on tax returns, auditors found.
Their data showed that 72 percent of returns filed with taxpayer identification numbers claimed the child tax credit.
Allow me to take this opportunity to restate a question I asked yesterday, when marveling at Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’ fiery determination to extend the full arsenal of American workplace laws to illegal aliens:
We’ve got illegals making off with $4.2 billion from the U.S. treasury, presumably hauling the loot back into “the shadows,” where we are incessantly told they live. Putting a stop to this would require greater authority, and no doubt commensurate manpower, for the IRS.
When these illegals manage to get hired by scofflaw businesses, we’re going to create an armada of Labor Department bureaucrats to ensure their elaborate “workplace rights” are fully respected.
Now, tell me again why we have to give out amnesties to all but the worst felons among the illegal population, because we don’t have the money or manpower to enforce our immigration laws?