Fake social security numbers are against the law, but the IRS tolerates them when used for employment purposes. This is true even when the Social Security administration notifies them about the fraud. This is so that the U.S. government can tax the earnings of illegal immigrants.
When called on this breach of the law, IRS officials say, “no harm, no foul.” Isn’t it better, they say, that illegal immigrants have to pay taxes, rather than that they earn their wages tax free?
Well, if they couldn’t get on payrolls because they didn’t have a genuine social security number, they wouldn’t be getting jobs, so they would have no incentive to be entering the country illegally! This sounds like an obvious area for enforcement, if the government were interested in any kind of enforcement. [Read more…]