The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released a report on June 17, 2010, titled Additional Steps Are Needed to Prevent and Recover Erroneous Claims for the First-Time Homebuyer Credit. A study by the Inspector General found widespread fraud involving the government hand out that gives people a tax credit of $8,000 for buying a home. Here are some of the findings from the audit of the IRS, the agency that will be in charge of enforcing the trillion dollar plus Obamacare:
We identified 4,608 prisoners listed on the IRS 2009 Prisoner File8 who attempted to claim the Homebuyer Credit on their Tax Year 2008 returns, despite the fact that they were in prison at the time their qualifying home was reportedly purchased (951 of these claims were filed by paid preparers).
From the file of 4,608 prisoners claiming the Homebuyer Credit, we researched a judgmental sample of those that we considered to be the most egregious. These included 715 prisoners whose filing statuses were something other than joint (i.e., they were not filing with a spouse) and who were serving life sentences during the period their home would had to have been purchased (174 of these claims were filed by paid preparers).9 We found 241 of these prisoners received Homebuyer Credits totaling more than $1.7 million.
For . . . (84 percent) of these 86 claims, we found no indication of any IRS post-refund compliance activities to recover the refunds.
we estimate that at least 1,295 prisoners received refunds totaling more than $9.1 million for fraudulent Homebuyer Credits claimed on their 2008 tax returns.
Multiple Claims Exceeding the Maximum Homebuyer Credit Were Paid for the Purchase of the Same Home
The amount of these 18,832 claims