Why Do Illegal Immigrants Steal Social Security Numbers for Taxes?

Illegal immigrants often obtain the social security numbers of the deceased in order to create an appearance of legality. One of the biggest problems surrounding this matter is that the IRS really isn’t doing anything about it. The IRS has stated that it is not actively making corrections to current policy reflecting this issue.ImmigrationPic

Obtaining Employment

Immigrants need to work to support their families just like everyone else. Sometimes, however, they go about obtaining proper documentation in an improper fashion. It is creating a false identity, and in most cases, the name and profile of that deceased person isn’t even a close comparison. Even so, oftentimes this false identity is sufficient for them to obtain some type of employment in the U.S.

Obtaining Housing

In order to rent or purchase property, you have to show that you can legally reside in the United States. Questions on applications clearly ask if the applicant can legally live in the U.S. and if proper documentation is available. The thing here is, most rental agencies do not check thoroughly into the social security number supplied by the applicant.

Obtaining Benefits

Even when a social security number does not match the number on the photo ID of an immigrant, they can still obtain state-paid benefits like food stamps and healthcare coverage. Some programs, city-funded, also require proper documentation.

Bottom Line

Many agencies do not double check numbers and often bypass incorrect matching notifications. For these reasons it seems likely that the issue may never be solved. If the government and IRS say that they ignore notifications of mismatches, who’s to say that other institutions don’t do the same thing? What many don’t realize is that this will create a much larger issue in the future as Social Security claims may attempt to be made from those invalid numbers.

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