GA Inmates File Bogus Taxes

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

"Your way of living is being cut by someone else's greed and it's not fair," said Thomasville Resident June Widden.

Many residents in South Georgia are upset by reports of inmates filing fraudulent tax returns costing the government millions of dollars.

"This is taking revenue out of local economy and we can not afford for this to happen," said Tax-payer Frank Brown.

The IRS said in 2009 seven-thousand inmates filed fraudulent taxes
those refunds totaled nearly 3.6 million dollars, but the IRS claims to have caught a whopping 250 million in bogus prisoner refunds.

The IRS released a statement saying," We devote special scrutiny to prisoner returns and are substantially increasing our enforcement efforts in this area ... However it is clear that more needs to be done."

WCTV sat down with a warden at the Thomas County Prison to find out how inmates are able to file tax returns if at all.

"We do occasionally have a family contact us wanting us to allow them to sign an income tax written form type and we'll do that but the inmates themselves here do not fill out any income tax forms," said Thomas County Prison Warden Robert Geer.

But Wardn Geer said he has seen some red flags and says he turns those families away suggesting they have a lawyer or CPA handle filing the tax return.

"The inmate was locked up for quite sometime and there was really no way that they could have had income tax benefits for the previous year when he was already incarcerated," said Geer.

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  • by this is simple on Feb 18, 2011 at 04:03 AM
    If you are in jail you are not eligible for a refund, you must forfeit it. Making a rule like that will solve this problem fast.
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Feb 18, 2011 at 03:04 AM
    The IRS is too busy trying to make Obamacare pay for itself to look for real problems. And what about the $225 million fraud on Medicare. No wonder it is nearly bankrupt. Again I say, cut the privacy shield and let people report suspected fraud, and then vigorously check the fraud claims in ALL of the "entitlements." Although I fail to see how Social Security and Medicare, paid for through the years by recipients, can be called "entitlements."
  • by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2011 at 08:41 PM
    it's the taxpayers' money. what does the irs (government) care???
  • by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2011 at 06:31 PM
    If they file under their SSN and no one reports a W-2 to the IRS how is this done??? Does the IRS check SSN information anymore???
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