Some abuse the system and believe society owes them a living. Typically they always vote for Democrats.
…Tampa police estimate that 80 to 90 percent of the tax refund fraud they encounter is committed by people on public assistance.
“The people who are benefiting most from our taxes are the ones doing it,” said police spokeswoman Andrea Davis.
Tampa led the nation in refund fraud last year, with thieves duping the IRS out of $468 million. That’s according to a recent analysis by a federal watchdog agency, which put the national loss at $5.2 billion. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said it detected characteristics of refund fraud in 88,724 paid Tampa returns.
No one can say with certainty who took all the money.
But police know where they find the evidence.
Routinely, they see signs of tax fraud commingled with indicators of food assistance, rent assistance, Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income disability checks.
Little hard data exists on a crime only recently entering the public consciousness. But the estimate of 80 to 90 percent is the consensus of a Tampa police attorney and three detectives who specialize in the cases, including Sal Augeri, who testified about fraud in March before a U.S. Senate subcommittee.
Sheriff’s deputies, too, have witnessed an overlap.
“We do believe that a large number of people committing this crime are on public assistance,” said Hillsborough sheriff’s Cpl. Bruce Crumpler.