Nuts. Just nuts.
The Internal Revenue Service is the perennial winner of “I don’t think that word means what you think it means” award.
The Service, as it is often called, has earned this name if you contemplate it in the agricultural sense. Such as, when a bull services a cow.
The darlings at The Service are always quick to remind us that our tax return obligations are part of their “Voluntary Compliance” program. And if you don’t voluntarily comply, they will seize your home, empty your bank accounts, and otherwise encourage you to voluntarily comply in the future. Quite persuasive.
In the latest entry into to the IRS Lexicon is the word “refund.” Ordinarily, this word conjures up a picture of getting back what you had paid earlier. Like when you take an item back to the store, you get a refund. Likewise, if you prepaid more in taxes than you actually owed, you would get some of your money back – a refund.
But that antiquated meaning is out the window now as The Service is providing refunds to illegal immigrants who never paid taxes or even filed a return in the first place:
The IRS is defending its decision to let illegal immigrants claim up to three years’ refunds on income even if they never paid income taxes, telling Congress in a new letter last week that agency lawyers have concluded getting a Social Security number triggers the ability to go back and ask for previous refunds.
President Obama’s new deportation amnesty could grant Social Security numbers to as many as 4 million illegal immigrants, making many of them eligible for tax refunds under the Earned Income Tax Credit even for years when they cheated on their taxes, working off the books and refusing to file tax returns.
“Section 32 of the Internal Revenue Code requires an SSN on the return, but a taxpayer claiming the EITC is not required to have an SSN before the close of the year for which the EITC is claimed,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen wrote in his letter to Sen. Charles E. Grassley on Wednesday.
The IRS’s chief lawyer had reached that conclusion in 2000, and the agency has newly confirmed it, Mr. Koskinen said.
Mr. Grassley said that made a mockery of the law, and said he’ll try to write a bill specifically prohibiting it.
“The tax code shouldn’t reward those who broke our immigration laws,” the Iowa Republican and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said in a statement.