Friday, March 7 2014 9:24 PM EST2014-03-08 02:24:48 GMT
There's a new effort underway to combat bullying. This time it comes in the form of a bill that Louisiana state lawmakers could soon consider down in Baton Rouge. And it comes from a Shreveport state representative. HouseMore >>
There's a new effort underway to combat bullying. This time it comes in the form of a bill that Louisiana state lawmakers could soon consider down in Baton Rouge. And it comes from a Shreveport state representative.
The audit report blamed IRS management for ignoring a tax loophole that allowed individuals to defraud the government.
"It's ludicrous," said Darrell Bell of Marietta. "How do you miss something like that? That's crazy."
Auditors reviewed how the IRS gives individual tax identification numbers (ITIN) to individuals who are not eligible for social security numbers. ITINs are supposed to be assigned to nonresidents or residents who are not authorized to work in the United States. But the audit found the verification process for ITIN applications was lax, tax fraud was undetectable and managers eliminated processes that weeded out successful processes used to identify potential fraud patterns and schemes. Complaints by IRS employees alleged management removed those processes to increase the volume of applications that can be processed.
The report reads, "there is no assurance that ITINs are not being assigned to individuals submitting questionable applications."
The ITINs allow immigrants to file tax returns. Recent reports show some immigrants have received tax refunds by fraudulently claiming child tax credits.
In the most egregious case, the IRS sent 23,994 tax refunds totaling $46,378,040 to one address in Atlanta. The report did not reveal the address.
But the report shows Atlanta may be the hotbed for this type of fraud.
Of the ten most frequently used addresses for ITIN tax refunds, four are in Atlanta.
According to a 2012 letter written by IRS Wage and Investment Division Commissioner, Peggy Bogadi, the service is addressing the problem and implementing new procedures.
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Thursday, March 6 2014 4:00 PM EST2014-03-06 21:00:31 GMT
(CNN) - Facebook is cracking down on guns. A new policy plans to block minors from seeing gun sale postings. The social media site will also pull posts of sales that don't require a background check.More >>
Facebook plans to pull posts of gun sales that don't require a background check.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 1:17 PM EST2014-03-05 18:17:50 GMT
A man claiming to be a crime-fighting vigilante was arrested after allegedly attacking a man with a metal pole. "Post Miranda, the defendant advised that he was trying to fight crime in the area andMore >>
A man claiming to be a crime-fighting vigilante was arrested after allegedly attacking a man with a metal pole.More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 7:40 AM EST2014-03-07 12:40:30 GMT
North Louisiana Senator Robert Adley, R-Benton, says last week's fund raiser by 19th Judicial District Court Judge Janice Clark did not make the judicial side of government look good. Adley's concernedMore >>
A fundraising loophole allows Louisiana lawyers to host campaign events for judges, so one state lawmaker wants to tighten up the way judges can raise money.More >>
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