DALLAS (Dallas Morning News) – Nearly 1,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit filings in Texas have been flagged for possible ill-use of a taxpayer identification number primarily used by illegal immigrants, who are not entitled to the credit.
This number represents nearly one-third of the 3,200 suspicious homebuyer tax credit claims submitted by noncitizens around the country, the total of which are valued at $20.8 million, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.
Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for the tax administration, said that involvement of third-party preparers in some questionable homebuyer claims filed nationwide suggested that there may have been “conspiracies and attempts to cheat the government by more than one person.”
Of the 1.5 million claims made to the Internal Revenue Service for the tax credit, the Justice Department has filed one criminal case and one civil injunction against tax preparers for submitting false claims for the homebuyer credit. One of these cases was from Mission, Texas.