IRS Has Illegal Immigration and Taxes Problem

THE HILL — Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen said the agency is trying to figure out how to address the issue of illegal immigrants using others’ social security numbers — without discouraging them from filing their taxes.

When undocumented workers use other people’s SSNs to get jobs and then file their taxes using their IRS-issued individual tax identification numbers, “it’s in everybody’s interest to have them pay the taxes they owe,” Koskinen said Tuesday at a Senate Finance Committee hearing.

The question is whether the social security numbers have been stolen. In many cases, they have been borrowed from friends or acquaintances with permission, Koskinen said.

“It’s not the normal identity-theft situation,” he said.

Koskinen said the IRS is looking to see if there is a way it can advise people that their SSNs were used fraudulently. In some cases, the IRS may need more authority from Congress to address the matter, he added.

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