Florida President Shares Insight Relating to Bogus Tax Refunds

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CBS reporter Chuck Weber interviews Dr. Tom Duncan.

CBS reporter Chuck Weber interviews Dr. Tom Duncan.

June 27, 2013

As Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) reports surfaced that the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued tens of thousands of bogus tax refunds totaling millions of dollars to a variety of 'unauthorized' alien workers, South Florida WPEC television reporter Chuck Weber turned to Northwood University President and political expert Dr. Tom Duncan for insight.

"These are the kinds of stories that drive average taxpayers crazy," said Duncan of the recent CNSNews.com report, which found that the IRS sent tens of thousands of tax refunds worth over 50 million dollars to 'unauthorized' alien workers all using the same address. "People who own small businesses, and average folks who sit down at the kitchen table to pay their bills on a monthly basis, would never send a check to ten or fifteen 'companies' at the same address – let alone to thousands. Hard working Americans don't understand how the federal government, with access to the best technology in the world, can send thousands of purported tax 'refunds' to the same address. Duncan added, "It appears totally fraudulent, but most of all it appears totally incompetent on the part of the IRS, which doesn't help their image among the American people given all the recent revelations about the agency 'targeting' conservative political groups and individuals."

Appointed Northwood Florida President in July, 2012, Duncan has become recognized as a valued political, economic, and social commentator for CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX television affiliates in the Palm Beach area. From 2007-2009, Duncan was Visiting Professor of Higher Education at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He served as a senior staff member to Missouri Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management from 1985-1989, as well as Director of the Missouri Division of Professional Registration from 1989-1992. Prior to his government service, he was an assistant professor of government and public administration at Evangel College (now Evangel University) in Springfield, Missouri from 1980-1984. He later served colleges and universities in California, Arizona, and Ohio in faculty and administrative capacities.

Duncan earned his PhD. in higher education from the University of Arizona in 2005; an M.A. in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979; his B.A. in government from Evangel College in 1975; and a course of study in preparation for Anglican ordination with the Anglican Mission in the Americas. He is an ordained minister with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). In addition to his higher education service, Duncan has remained active as a chaplain and pastor in religious communities in California, Arizona, Missouri, and Wisconsin.