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Carter Introduces Legislation to Prevent Fraudulent Use of Social Security Numbers by Illegal Immigrants

Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) introduced legislation to prevent fraudulent use of Social Security numbers by illegal immigrants. 

During an audit of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Treasury Department's Inspector General found that over 1.4 million illegal immigrants could be working and operating fraudulently under the Social Security numbers of legal citizens. However, the IRS has refused to take action claiming they can't tell the difference between fraud or a mismatch due to an automated system. 

Carter's legislation, the Tax Identity Protection Act, requires the IRS to address how they can better identify illegal immigrants who are fraudulently using the information of legal citizens to work in the United States. 

"It's unbelievable that the IRS knows illegal immigrants are using American's Social Security numbers but refuses to do anything about it," 
said Carter. "I've asked the IRS about this, and I was told that they are not even in a position to notify victims that their Social Security number was stolen and is being used fraudulently. Then they just blame it on a computer system. 

"With the crisis we are facing at our border right now, this legislation has never been more important. And it should be bipartisan. No matter how you feel about immigration issues, we should all be able to agree that American's Social Security numbers should be protected."

The Tax Identity Protection Act would require the IRS to produce a report to Congress that states how they can better identify illegal immigrants who are operating in the U.S. under the Social Security number of a legal citizen.

Original cosponsors include Representatives Ted Budd (Nc.-13), Scott DesJarlais (Tn.-04), Bill Flores (Tx.-17), Paul Gosar (Az.-04), Jody Hice (Ga.-10), Debbie Lesko (Az.-08), Scott Perry (Pa.-10), Randy Weber (Tx.-14) and Ron Wright (Tx.-06).