January 3rd – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #714

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1,443 Responses to January 3rd – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #714

  1. youme says:

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  2. youme says:

    Withhold 20 percent of each remittance and allow the IRS to return the withheld amount when the illegal files an income tax return with a legal SS#

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    • Mncpo(ret) says:

      I like it, great idea!

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    • DJ says:

      “…when the illegal files an income tax return with a legal SS#…”
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      As you probably already know, an illegal immigrant can’t apply for and receive a legal SSN… Which is not to say that some illegal immigrants aren’t using valid SS numbers. But those numbers wouldn’t actually belong to them but to someone whose identity they “borrowed”.

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      • Bullseye says:

        The illegals receive huge refund checks as they all claim 5-6 dependents and multiple children

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        • DJ says:

          A return cannot be filed w/o a SSN or ITIN. Illegals are not eligible for either one. Also, each “dependent” or “child” being claimed must also have a valid number. You can’t just make up numbers that will work.

          But having said that, yes, some illegals file using stolen identities. I have no idea how many do, but it probably isn’t as many as most folks believe. It isn’t as easy to get away with this type of fraud as many think it is. But do a few get away with it? Sure, you betcha.

          The illegals themselves have no idea how to file and accomplish this type of fraud. When it happens, it is usually because a fraudulent tax preparer went “fishing” for clients that he/she could exploit. You can watch the justice.gov website and see a constant stream of those type of folks being convicted and sent to prison.

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          • iforgot says:

            I think you misunderstand the scam. The illegal worker needs only 1 valid SSN to fill out their W4 withholding form. That is where they claim a large number of exemptions and get their “refund” paycheck after paycheck. They never have to file a return and if investigated they just disappear.

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          • Bullseye says:

            I was in the restaurant busines and EVERY single one filed and received huge refunds. They would claim dependents/children in mexico. Nobody checks or audits this, These aren’t law abiding citizens. Scam the system is the name of the game and their way of life. Don’t be naive

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            • TMonroe says:

              Wait, you mean that those who didn’t respect the law upon arrival for personal benefit still might not going forward for the same reason? Shocking.

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      • youme says:

        Though certain non-citizens are eligible for to receive Social Security numbers to pay taxes, unauthorized immigrants are ineligible to receive one. However, it is still law that individuals who reside in the United States, whether legally or not, and earn income here must pay taxes on that income, and file a tax return, regardless of whether the income was earned as an undocumented worker—a complicated legal conundrum.

        Further, the IRS will not allow a tax return to be filed with a fake or stolen Social Security number. Therefore, unauthorized workers who wish to file their taxes–and potentially get future credit for it— must find another way. Thus, many use the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, or ITIN, which allows immigrants without Social Security numbers to legally file tax returns and claim the income reported on their W-2’s to the IRS.

        https://bipartisanpolicy.org/blog/how-do-undocumented-immigrants-pay-federal-taxes-an-explainer/

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        • DJ says:

          Yeah, I read that article. However it isn’t quite as easy to get an ITIN as they make it sound. Requirements are here: https://www.irs.gov/individuals/individual-taxpayer-identification-number

          In addition, having an ITIN is not sufficient to create the type of fraud that would allow for large refunds, e.g. the refundable portion of the CTC or the EITC. Again, refer to the IRS document.

          I’m not trying to suggest that illegal alien tax fraud isn’t a problem – it most certainly is. But it isn’t as easy to do as a lot of folks think. And believe it or not, the IRS is getting better at catching that type of fraud all the time – significant advances have been made in the past few years.

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          • Dutchman says:

            Actually, the fraud started years ago, with those incarcerated in PRISON.

            They filed totally bogus returns, getting large payouts, lots of phony kids per return, so lots of ‘earned income’,…

            So, IRS HAS been struggling with this ‘problem’, for at least 10-15 years.

            Tell me again HOW hard is it, when guys locked up managed to pull it off!

            And, don’t give me that crap that ‘most illegals don’t know,how to do this’, cause I have WORKED with illegals, and just like any other group, there are those who will figure out how to ‘work the,system’, and will then teach others in their group.

            They ain’t STUPID.

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            • DJ says:

              “They filed totally bogus returns, getting large payouts, lots of phony kids per return, so lots of ‘earned income’,…”
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              I’m sure that if this is so common, you can provide a few links to news articles…

              Years ago, the IRS didn’t require SSN’s for dependents, so a lot of people claimed family pets and just made up kids. This no longer works.

              Also, lots of kids per return does NOT equal lots of earned income. That is just nuts.

              And, you are not the only one that has worked with illegals…

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              • As a courtesy I provide for you the work of 3 minutes supporting the statements that
                “roughly half of illegal immigrants file federal tax returns. According to these reports, in 2010:
                3.0 million federal tax returns with ITINs were filed by illegal immigrants and foreign investors.
                3.1 million illegal immigrants filed federal taxes with fraudulent Social Security numbers.
                11.6 million illegal immigrants lived in the U.S.

                Adding 3.0 million to 3.1 million and dividing this by 11.6 million comes to about 50 percent. However, the federal government data above also shows that very few illegal immigrants “actually pay federal income tax,” as Clinton claimed. Instead, they file tax returns to obtain cash welfare payments.”
                https://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwood/2016/04/13/irs-admits-it-encourages-illegals-to-steal-social-security-numbers-for-taxes/#3a500ca74c04
                https://www.libertyheadlines.com/irs-documented-1-3m-identity-thefts-illegal-aliens/
                https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/james-agresti/about-61-million-illegals-filed-taxes-us-many-didnt-pay-received-refunds November 7, 2016 | 2:57 PM EST

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              • WSB says:

                If you have not been reading here long, you would not know about all of the research SD has done and all that long term Treepers already know.

                The Search Box is your friend.

                https://theconservativetreehouse.com/?s=Remittances+to+mexico

                Even worse than claiming a lot of kids in US houses, many just claim children who are not even living on US soil, but on Mexican soil. These remittances equal tne Mexican auto sector.

                We shut this down, and both the Southern and Northern walls will be paid for.

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                • DJ says:

                  “many just claim children who are not even living on US soil, but on Mexican soil”
                  —————————————————————————————————
                  Well guess what? Under certain circumstances, that is perfectly legal (although not if the taxpayer is illegal, of course). The search box on the IRS web site is your friend, friend…

                  Secondly, remittances to Mexico aren’t the same thing as tax fraud which was the original issue being discussed.

                  All of the tax fraud issues that have been highlighted in the links and posts above ARE REAL issues and have resulted in the IRS paying out tens of billions in fraudulent refunds in years past. I am not disputing that. But some of those links are from as long as 12 years ago. A few things have changed since then.

                  And with all due respect, if you or SD have not actually been processing tax returns for clients in the last couple of years you have no idea of how compliance testing has changed in just the past three tax seasons and will continue to improve going forward.

                  The IRS has done an incredible amount of work in improving their systems. To be certain, a lot remains to be done. However, things that used to fly under the radar w/o being challenged at all are now being caught – some almost in real time. In addition, the TCJA passed just a year ago adds further restrictions that will help curb abuses of the CTC and EIC which were/are the two most egregiously abused items.

                  This does not mean, of course, that this type of fraud is no longer an issue – it still is and always will be. But it will be increasingly harder to accomplish and more perps will be caught when they attempt it.

                  Just like everyone else here, I want a big beautiful wall and I want to keep all the illegals out.

                  But what I am TRYING to point out is that even in spite of the current lack of an adequate physical wall, one of the government organizations that we all hate the most – the IRS – has actually been busy building their own electronic equivalent of a wall. It is not perfect and never will be, however the progress they have made is impressive.

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                • WSB says:

                  And your point is? Not very impressive, considering all of the shell companies the IRS allows.

                  Try calling Lois Lerner and asking her to come back and explain why she allowed one 501C3 for one Arkansas Presidential Library, from ONLY Arkansas-based donations…to morph into a multinational crime cartel laundering billions of dollars through the Clintons for the CIA and foreign governments. Namely, the UK and Australia.

                  Time for bed.

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              • Dutchman says:

                I only have a cranky I phone to work with, but I remember.
                1984-1986, there were articles about a gang of Prisoners, in multiple prisons, who came up with this scam, and the IRS had a heck of a time trying to get a handle on it.

                I encountered the result first hand, when I couldn’t get an ‘instant refund’because any returns claiming dependants and the earned income credit were delayed, pending a review.

                And, the NEXT year, more articles about how they STILL got scammed out of 10’s of millions, cause the review didn’t work.
                Go ahead, look it up.

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                • DJ says:

                  “1984-1986, there were articles about a gang of Prisoners”
                  —————————————————————————-
                  This is no longer 1984. What was possible back then isn’t relevant today.

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                • Bullseye says:

                  IRS refunds were/are a form of BHO “hand up” to the illegals. insane give away money. I felt like a fool for paying in and watching the refunds they would get. No one audits or checked done on purpose. They have bank accounts and get loans for buying houses while here illegally, as in crossing the Rio Grande hiking miles through dessert get a job illegal. I’ve witness it

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              • California Joe says:

                They use storefront tax preparers that are on every street corner in ghetto neighborhoods. The scam is a fake Sch C business like lawn care, maid service or auto repair. The tax preparer throws together some fake numbers showing just enough $$$$ to trigger the earned income credit and the “refund” is anywhere from $3,000 to. $5,000. The tax preparer has the fee sent directly to him by the IRS cut out refund. It’s been refined to a science and TurboTax makes it very easy to commit fraud!

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        • DJ says:

          …”a complicated legal conundrum.”
          —————————————————
          It’s not complicated and it’s not a conundrum. If you earn income in the US – doesn’t matter if it was obtained legally or not – you are required to report it and pay taxes on it.

          This is a feature, not a bug. And it has been used to put more than a few crooks behind bars when their underlying crimes couldn’t be proved beyond a reasonable doubt, but their unreported income could.

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      • Perot Conservative says:

        There are other options. DACA and others get temporary SS numbers. There is more.

        “Thus, many use the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, or ITIN, which allows immigrants without Social Security numbers to legally file tax returns and claim the income reported on their W-2’s to the IRS.

        “What is an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)?
        In 1996, the Internal Revenue Service created the ITIN to provide a way for noncitizens who earn income in the United States, including legally-present noncitizens who do not have Social Security numbers, to pay taxes on money earned in the United States while not being technically employed by a U.S employer. “

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    • cjzak says:

      PT and his team must realize this. I wonder if doing something like you suggest is in their plans. Would sure make Mexico and immigrants help fund the wall while they send our dollars south. I keep waiting for something like this to be announced or using other legal means at their disposal, like the military financing often mentioned, to get this wall completed asap.

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  3. A rally by the patriots!

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  4. LOL!

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    • linda4298 says:

      Yes but he also calls Potus incompetent.

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    • Thomas Falbo says:

      This NBC story was something i thought of the other day.

      If Trump says water is wet, the media and scum Democrat party will hold a press conference to state water is not wet. Further they will demand an investigation on why he should be impeached for claiming water is wet.

      The crimes committed have been by the Democrats. Serious crimes. President Trump is working for the American people and taking no pay.

      I truly believe this NBC reporter is the first of many to have the courage to break away from the insanity of such ilk. Beyond that I hope it inspires them to become the journalists who will be the ones to help present the crimes of the Democrats to the American people. Enough so, that the pressure to prosecute will increase.

      Those journalists brave enough to do what is right will be famous for generations to come.

      Come on ladies and gentemen of the press. Step out, speak out. If your intentions are on what is right, we got your back.

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    • Thomas Falbo says:

      This NBC story was something i thought of the other day.

      If Trump says water is wet, the media and scum Democrat party will hold a press conference to state water is not wet. Further they will demand an investigation on why he should be impeached for claiming water is wet.

      The crimes committed have been by the Democrats. Serious crimes. President Trump is working for the American people and taking no pay.

      I truly believe this NBC reporter is the first of many to have the courage to break away from the insanity of such ilk. Beyond that I hope it inspires them to become the journalists who will be the ones to help present the crimes of the Democrats to the American people. Enough so, that the pressure to prosecute will increase.

      Those journalists brave enough to do what is right will be famous for generations to come.

      Come on ladies and gentemen of the press. Step out, speak out. If your intentions are on what is right, we got your back.

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  5. linda4298 says:

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/01/03/ro-khanna-fox-news-secure-border/ “I think that we’re a nation that attracts people from around the world,” he added. “Obviously, we need to have border security and have reasonable policies and that’s what we are debating.”

    Khanna also said he supports immigration but encouraged people to do it the right way and called for the border to be secured.

    “I support immigration and I encourage people obviously to follow our process. And that’s — we’re a nation of laws. But we need a policy that secures our borders and is humane,” he said.

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  6. Corsi’s case from today!

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  8. WeThePeople2016 says:

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  9. Darrell Issa on FBN just said he is working for the white house now.

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  10. average Joe says:

    I want to tell SD that there Is a YouTube thing that calls itself treehouse news…And i don’t think it has anything to do with the Treehouse…

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    • Sandra-VA says:

      Looks like it is from Treeoflogic.com thus not a ripoff of CTH. At least it’s an anti-socialist channel 😀

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    • Niagara Frontier says:

      It might have been a better idea to click on the E-mail Guidelines link above to issue the warning. By posting it here you may have simply sparked curiosity and will drive some to the site. Just sayin’…

      All the best.

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  11. Dora says:

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  12. Arthur says:

    Somebody must’ve told McTurtle : “You know Mitch, you’ve never supported the President with the wall. But if Trump flops in 2020 because he didn’t build the wall, you can also say good-bye to your Senate leadership.Bye bye your judges. Bye bye your power. ”
    McTurtle : Ooops.

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  13. owtolunch says:

    FISA Court Judge and Chief Justice Roberts Hacked by Brennan, Clapper and covered up by Comey

    https://bigleaguepolitics.com/evidence-brennan-and-clapper-hacked-fisa-court-judge-reggie-walton-comey-covered-it-up/

    Tapes released by Federal Judge G. Murray Snow — preserved on a Whistleblower Soundcloud page

    900 million phone calls recorded…. banks records, text messages, instant messages… whistleblower given immunity by federal judge.

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  14. G. Combs says:

    DJ says: “As you probably already know, an illegal immigrant can’t apply for and receive a legal SSN… Which is not to say that some illegal immigrants aren’t using valid SS numbers. But those numbers wouldn’t actually belong to them but to someone whose identity they “borrowed”….”

    They often ‘borrow’ the SS# of a young person or child.

    Unfortunately the IRS WILL NOT TELL YOU!

    Instead the system flags the number and BOTH amounts go into ‘LIMBO’ and are not credited to you.

    Think about the younger folks who are working, thinking they will eventually get SS when they retire only to find out 5, 10, 20, 30 years down the road they have a much reduced amount or even NOTHING!!!

    WHILE the IRS gets $$$ they DO NOT HAVE TO PAY OUT!

    References:
    Hidden cost of illegal immigration: ID theft
    “… Every year, nearly 9 million people pay their taxes using the wrong Social Security number. The name used on W-2 tax forms used by employers doesn’t match the name on file with the Social Security Administration…

    Social Security calls this a “no-match” situation. When this happens, the Social Security Administration collects the money, but the wage credits go into limbo. They don’t end up on anyone’s annual Social Security statement, they end up in something called the Earnings Suspense File. Since 1984, when the Social Security card employment verification requirement kicked in, nearly $500 billion in wages has ended up in that file….”

    1.4 million illegals working under stolen Social Security numbers: Audit – Washington Times

    From 2007 on the cost of stolen SS# by House Ways & Means Committee:
    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CHRG-110hhrg63017/html/CHRG-110hhrg63017.htm
    “…As many as ten million Americans fall victim to identity theft every year. The effects of identity theft can be catastrophic to the lives of affected individuals.

    The reported costs are significant–
    according to the Federal Trade Commission, businesses lose $50 billion and consumers expend another $5 billion annually to recover from identity theft. The SSN is a critical tool for identity thieves looking to establish a credit account in someone else’s name. And it is often the key that identity thieves use to gain access to other personal information such as bank accounts…..”

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    • G. Combs says:

      Perhaps Each week President Trump should have another set of experts highlight the cost TO YOU of illegals in our country.

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      • nimrodman says:

        PresTrump should divert some of those funds to the Wall.
        Like Liz Warren’s CFPB diverted corporate money to Barky’s commie organizations
        Goose / gander

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      • Dutchman says:

        Every WEEK, How about every DAY?
        Yesterday, at Cabinet meeting.

        Today, at press briefing.

        He WON’T STOP.

        Cue up the Angel Moms, after every major Dept of the Government affected, tells the costs in their area.

        Dept of Education, on cost of educating illegals.
        Health and Human services, on healthcare costs.
        CDC, on diseases brought in.
        Federal beureu of prisons, on cost of incarcerating illegals.

        He can do this, every damn day, for weeks.
        And then, bring up the HUMAN cost;
        Angel moms first.
        Next day, families who lost members to heroin O.D.
        He ain’t gonna quit.

        He ain’t gonna back down.

        He ain’t gonna lose.

        And the longer this plays out, the more completely he is BRANDING the Dems
        as caring more for illegals than they do for Americans, and the more he is able to make his case.

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    • Niagara Frontier says:

      I’ve posted several times about SSA’s Earnings Suspense File (ESF). Thanks for bringing it up again. It’s critical in the current debate.

      In an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report from 2015, SSA’s ESF reached $1.2 trillion in uncredited wages associated with 333 million W-2s for TYs 1937 to 2012.

      The link below is to the OIG report for those who want to learn more about the Suspense File. Workers will get credit for their earnings when they file for retirement or disability. SSA has a process to unscramble the earnings.

      The bigger headache happens when IRS contacts you and asks about the $1,600,000 you earned last year and did not report on your tax form. It’s then you learn that 250 illegals are using your Social Security number.

      https://oig.ssa.gov/sites/default/files/audit/full/pdf/A-03-15-50058.pdf

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    • nimrodman says:

      Tax loophole investigation (in 9 parts)
      https://www.wthr.com/article/tax-loophole-investigation

      Tax loophole costs billions (part 1)
      https://www.wthr.com/article/tax-loophole-costs-billions

      The loophole is called the Additional Child Tax Credit. It’s a fully-refundable credit of up to $1000 per child, and it’s meant to help working families who have children living at home.

      But 13 Investigates has found many undocumented workers are claiming the tax credit for kids who live in Mexico – lots of kids in Mexico.

      “We’ve seen sometimes 10 or 12 dependents, most times nieces and nephews … “The more you put on there, the more you get back.”

      “Here’s a return right here: we’ve got a $10,3000 refund for nine nieces and nephews,” he said, pointing to the words “niece” and “nephew” listed on the tax forms nine separate times.

      “We’re getting an $11,000 refund on this tax return. There’s seven nieces and nephews,” he said, pointing to another set of documents. “I can bring out stacks and stacks. It’s just so easy it’s ridiculous.”

      20 kids = $30,000

      WTHR spoke to several undocumented workers who confirmed it is easy.

      One of the workers, who was interviewed at his home in southern Indiana, admitted his address was used this year to file tax returns by four other undocumented workers who don’t even live there. Those four workers claimed 20 children live inside the one residence and, as a result, the IRS sent the illegal immigrants tax refunds totaling $29,608.

      13 Investigates saw only one little girl who lives at that address (a small mobile home). We wondered about the 20 kids claimed as tax deductions?

      “They don’t live here,” said the undocumented worker. “The other kids are in their country of origin, which is Mexico.”

      Video for part 1:

      Part one: 13 Investigates IRS tax loophole

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    • DJ says:

      “They often ‘borrow’ the SS# of a young person or child.

      Unfortunately the IRS WILL NOT TELL YOU!”
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      The reality is, if a duplicate SSN is used on a tax return the IRS WILL tell you – sometimes in as little as 15 minutes.

      Same goes for a SSN and name mismatch. I’ve had clients who had recently married and the first question I would ask is whether or not they legally changed their name and when. If they did that late in the year and then filed with their new name, I would have them sit in the waiting area until the IRS either accepted or rejected their return because sometimes the name change hadn’t flowed all the way through. If it was rejected for mismatch, we would refile with the old name and it would be accepted. It would take about 15 minutes for the return to be rejected if the name had not yet been updated with the Social Security Administration. Or, the return would be accepted if it had.

      The articles linked to above are years old – one was from 2006. All of that most certainly was a problem then and some of it still is. But the reality is that as much as we like to hate the IRS, they ignore our hatred and just continue to improve their systems. If you are referring to articles more than a couple of years old, you are out of date.

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    • deplorable says:


      They often ‘borrow’ the SS# of a young person or child.

      Unfortunately the IRS WILL NOT TELL YOU!

      Instead the system flags the number and BOTH amounts go into ‘LIMBO’ and are not credited to you.

      So the IRS is not required to tell you when your SSN has been compromised. Most Americans would be shocked to know this.

      Let’s see, the Republicans had the House and Senate for years and never introduced legislation to fix this? That’s right, Congress’ motto: Put Americans Last.

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  15. Katherine McCoun says:

    As of now 310,933 people felt so passionately about the Southern Border being secured by a physical barrier that they have donated to gofundme wall fund raising a combined total of $18,812,438. (cool – I just doubled checked before posting and 30 more people had donated since I first started typing this post so I had to update the numbers real quick)

    Interestingly, this fund is not listed under the gofundme top fundraisers although it is their top by far. More censoring of Conservatives!

    I hope that we soon here from the WH that they can and will accept this fund and that it will be used for (and only for) physical barriers on the border – Big Tall Strong barriers with lots of that curled razor wire, rows and rows of it!

    https://www.gofundme.com/thetrumpwall

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  17. youme says:

    Congress knows and they do not care

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    • deplorable says:

      “In 21 of the top 25 jobs certified for H-2B workers, the guestworkers are paid less than native-born American workers are.”

      … and hence are driving down American wages, benefits, job opportunities, and working conditions.

      If there really is a labor shortage in a particular field then employers should be ready and willing to pay a premium for temporary visa workers based on the laws of supply and demand. But just the opposite is happening. Thus the need for visa workers is to suppress wages/benefits/working conditions … not because of a shortage.

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  18. nimrodman says:

    Meanwhile – in the Middle East – and resulting from our Indonesian Fuslim Hussein Obama – different day, same sh1t:

    Terrorists Seize Anti-Tank Missiles U.S. Intended for Syrian Rebels
    https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2019/01/03/report-terrorists-seize-anti-tank-missiles-u-s-intended-syrian-rebels/

    The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) ran a troubling report on Wednesday describing how high-powered anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) are now in the hands of terrorist groups thanks to years of outside programs for arming various factions in Syria, including the Obama administration’s effort to arm “white hat” Syrian rebels.

    The threat of those weapons turning against American positions is one reason to reduce the American footprint in Syria.

    Yeah … right … the “white-hat” rebels
    The “moderate” rebels
    The “friendly” rebels

    … like Caspar the Friendly Ghost (you have about the same chance at finding any)

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  19. linda4298 says:

    http://www.independentsentinel.com/reporter-presses-schumer-on-his-border-security-flip-flops/ Fearless CBS reporter Marcia Kramer caught up with one of the biggest hypocrites in the United States Senate, Chuck Schumer, and asked some tough questions regarding his changing positions on Border Security.

    What makes her interview even more compelling is how the station plugged in video clips of Chucky previously spouting rhetoric that would probably be fully endorsed by President Trump today.

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  20. linda4298 says:

    Rebecca Kaplan

    @RebeccaRKaplan
    The annual State of the Union address will take place in January 29.

    7:09 PM – Jan 3, 2019

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  22. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Europe’s Appeasement of Iran is a Failure

    Heshmat gives us a tour to the ways in which Europeans systematically undersestimate Iran’s willingness to ignore treaties and pursue their nuclear program.

    https://quodverum.com/2019/01/03/europe-s-appeasement-of-iran-is-a-failure.html

    “….Sanctions are working

    And even more threats (further proving the true nature of #Iran’s regime).

    “Europe’s inaction has a price. It will only cause losing Iran’s patience and trust. My worry is that things might move towards hanging by a thread.”
    My conclusion:

    Europe’s appeasement policy towards Iran’s regime has failed and has only emboldened the regime to make threats against the Green Continent.

    The firm policy adopted by the US government is the correct path forward.”

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  23. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    We Can’t Play Their Games
    Let Them Work It Out.

    https://quodverum.com/2019/01/03/we-can-t-play-their-games.html

    “….Different cultures do things their own way. We aren’t Middle Easterners, which is why we shouldn’t try to involve ourselves directly in their wars. We can help the right people win—as we did in Syria—but Americans are at a disadvantage when it comes to being on the ground in the Middle East. As satisfying as it was to drop a MOAB on the Pakistanis, that’s the sort of thing you can do only once. You don’t want to make a habit of it.

    Since brute force doesn’t work in the Middle East, we need to bow out and mediate, not fight.

    In time, the locals will work it out. And if they don’t, it’s not our problem.

    http://thomaswictor.com/

    Liked by 1 person

    • nimrodman says:

      “We can help the right people win—as we did in Syria”

      Uhhhh …. which “right people” was that?
      That “we” helped win?

      The “friendly” rebels “we” helped in order to unseat Assad?

      Last I looked …

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  24. youme says:

    Helping the deep state: Amazon Web Services…sharing our personal data with the world

    We are pleased to announce the new AWS Secret Region. The AWS Secret Region can operate workloads up to the Secret U.S. security classification level. The AWS Secret Region is readily available to the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) through the IC’s Commercial Cloud Services (C2S) contract with AWS. The AWS Secret Region also will be available to non-IC U.S. Government customers with appropriate Secret-level network access and their own contract vehicles for use of the AWS Secret Region. These contract vehicles will not be part of the IC’s C2S contract.

    https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/publicsector/announcing-the-new-aws-secret-region/

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  25. linda4298 says:

    Mark Knoller

    @markknoller
    WH tonight issued veto threat against bills @SpeakerPelosi says House will pass in hopes of ending partial Govt shutdown. Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) says it cannot accept bills that provide “unnecessary funding” while ignoring “urgent border security needs.”

    36
    7:36 PM – Jan 3, 2019

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  26. JX says:

    This is underreported

    Special Counsel deleted text messages from the iPhone of fired FBI agent Peter Strzok before turning it over to the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General – https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2018/12/14/mueller-team-scrubbed-peter-strzoks-texts-before-giving-phone-to-inspector-general/

    Liked by 4 people

    • youme says:

      The 010 reviewed DOJ memoranda and FBI policy relating to retention of substantive electronic communications. These policies require individual employees to take steps to ensure preservation of such electronic communications relating to a criminal or civil investigation. The FBI policy informs its employees to contact the FBl’s Enterprise Security Operations Center (ESOC) if they need to access electronic communications that the individual has not preserved, such as text messages and email messages.
      According to FB(‘s Office of General Counsel, ESOC has in place a process for the collection of text messages. However, the OIG determined that the FBI does not currently have a specific policy directive mandating that FBI, through ESOC or otherwise, collect text messages sent and received by FBI employees using their FBI issued mobile devices.
      Upon reviewing a draft of this report, the FBI requested the opportunity to respond to it. The FBl’s response is attached as Appendix I.

      SCO’s Records Officer told the 010 that as part of the office’s records retention procedure, the officer reviewed Strzok’s DOJ issued iPhone after he returned it to the SCO and determined it contained no substantive text messages.
      Report of Investigation:
      Recovery of Text Messages From
      Certain FBI Mobile Devices

      https://oig.justice.gov/reports/2018/i-2018-003523.pdf

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  27. wyntre says:

    Liked by 4 people

    • cali says:

      @wyntre: Let it remain shut down!

      These creatures can NOT be arrested for their seditious and treasonous activities during 2017-2017 and present framing and attempting to remove president Trump from office ergo as long as the shutdown continues their chances of getting that knock on the door during the night by our Marines/Night Owls is much more likely.

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  28. paulraven1 says:

    I stopped watching Scott Adams some time ago. But I saw he was discussing Romney so I caught a bit of it. He called Romney “a smart cat” for positioning himself as the Trump alternative. What can I say? I’m still laughing.

    Liked by 3 people

    • G3 says:

      What a joke. “A smart cat”. Maybe, Scott Adams meant “A small cat”…

      The last time President mentioned Romney was a congratulatory tweet:

      Liked by 2 people

    • Scott is a mixed bag. He has some good insights from thinking outside the box but he has some amazing blind spots of things he wants to be right.

      Liked by 5 people

  29. linda4298 says:

    http://thefederalist.com/2019/01/03/first-on-pelosis-agenda-limiting-free-speech-and-forcing-taxpayer One of Nancy Pelosi’s first projects as new speaker of the House will be passing a government overhaul of campaign-finance and ethics rules that will, among other things, “expand voting rights.” One of the new bills — specifics are still cloudy — reportedly allocates a pool of taxpayer money to match small-dollar donations 6-to-1, as a way of encouraging “grass-roots campaigning,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

    The package, fortunately, won’t pass the Senate. But government-financed campaigns — empowering the state to allocate money to preferred donors and dissuading non-preferred donors — has been something of a hobbyhorse in progressive circles. Setting aside the many constitutional concerns, the recent abuses by the Internal Revenue Service when tasked with regulating political speech demonstrate just how easy it is for bureaucrats to manipulate rules meant to govern speech. These are rules that shouldn’t exist, period.

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  30. WeThePeople2016 says:

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  31. jeans2nd says:

    VP Pence talks with Tucker Carlson this evening 7:11

    While Sec of State Pompeo spoke with Hannity 8:52

    Both interviews focused on on immigration, The Wall, and Democrats taking control of the House.
    Both are extremely interesting and informative. Sec of State Pompeo also spoke on North Korea.

    Liked by 1 person

  32. Buck says:

    Enemy of the American people (mainly funded by the tax payer) via CIA, Dept of State, NATO, and our “great” British allies.

    At a Berlin security conference, hardline neocon Jamie Fly appeared to claim some credit for the recent coordinated purge of alternative media.

    By Max Blumenthal and Jeb Sprague
    This October, Facebook and Twitter deleted the accounts of hundreds of users, including many alternative media outlets maintained by American users. Among those wiped out in the coordinated purge were popular sites that scrutinized police brutality and U.S. interventionism, like The Free Thought Project, Anti-Media, and Cop Block, along with the pages of journalists like Rachel Blevins.

    Facebook claimed that these pages had “broken our rules against spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior.” However, sites like The Free Thought Project were verified by Facebook and widely recognized as legitimate sources of news and opinion. John Vibes, an independent reporter who contributed to Free Thought, accused Facebook of “favoring mainstream sources and silencing alternative voices.”

    In comments published here for the first time, a neoconservative Washington insider has apparently claimed a degree of credit for the recent purge — and promised more takedowns in the near future.

    Read more here:
    https://grayzoneproject.com/2018/10/23/facebook-censorship-of-alternative-media-just-the-beginning-says-top-neocon-insider/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

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  33. Schmitty says:

    I keep pounding the table… Markets hit rock bottom in March 2020 along with oil… brschultz is my name & predicting markets has been 10,000 hours of my life along with reading CTH of course. I’ve said on here before 80/20 rule has been playing out in markets since 1987… stay away from equities until Feb-March 2020

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