Prisoners Have Been Getting Income Tax Refunds

The Internal Revenue Service reports the number of fraudulent returns filed by prisoners has doubled from 18,103 in 2004, to 44,944 in 2009. Some have been discovered by IRS personnel. However, thE IRS states during the period from 2004 to 2009 the IRS issues checks totaling $123 million to incarcerated individuals.

Admittedly, some refunds were done by inmates using fake names and sent to outside addresses where someone cashed it for them. However, many were sent by inmates using their own names and Social Security numbers and their prison cells as an address.  How is this possible?

Hard to believe, but the Federal and individual State Bureaus of Prisons cite prisoner privacy concerns as the reason they had not stopped the filings. Prison officials were concerned they would be sued if they interfered with prisoner mail. In response, the Congress enacted the Inmate Tax Fraud Prevention Act of 2008.nothing changed. This allowed the IRS to share tax information with correction officials. Prison officials again feared law suits if they did not disclose to the inmates possible impending actions.  

This week, four Democratic Senators,  finally forced the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the IRS to work together to end inmate abuse of tax refunds. Although not binding on State Bureau’s of Prisons, they hope to reach an agreement shortly.  

My question is simple. when sis the inmates take over the asylum? They all need to go!!!! Get officials in government that will quickly enforce the law. Get people in charge of prisons that are in really charge and not fear the inmates or their lawyers. Government at all levels need a major overhaul!!!  

2012 is coming!!!!  May we survive the incompetence until it gets here!!!


About billmoore353

Retired LTC- USAR Former HS Principal- John A. Holmes HS in Edenton, NC Former HS Principal- Roosevelt HS in Yonkers, NY
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