The Tax Justice Network’s Sandra Walker wrote on Twitter that she “can’t believe it’s happening.”
Walker, who worked at the IRS for three years, said in a tweet on Wednesday that she was “a little embarrassed” by the “tax cheat” tax credit she received for not filing federal taxes as required by law.
Walker’s tweet prompted a flurry of responses from other taxpayers and other tax experts, including the tax writer of The New York Times, who called Walker’s claim “false.”
“I think that she’s a tax cheater, too,” wrote James A. McBride, the Times’ tax writer, in a note to Walker.
Walker wrote that she had been trying to get the credit refunded since the beginning of her tax year and was unable to because of a provision in the Internal Revenue Code that “allows a taxpayer who owes the credit to file an objection if the taxpayer cannot pay taxes.”
Walker said in her tweet that the IRS “does not deny the tax credit for tax returns.”
She wrote that her “first response to the IRS was to file a tax return and to request the refund of the credit.”
Walker also wrote that the credit is not refundable because “it’s an income tax credit,” adding that the tax code “does NOT exempt a tax payment for tax evasion.”
Walker added that she has not yet filed a tax refund, but would consider filing a claim on the issue.
“I would love to see this issue brought up with my boss,” she wrote.
“But I also realize that the taxpayer’s tax returns have to be submitted to the Internal Affairs Division, and if he refuses to pay taxes, the taxpayer can still claim the credit and get a refund.”
Walker has been a reporter for the Times for more than two decades.
She has covered tax and economic issues in New York, Texas and Georgia.
Walker has written that she and her husband are “very pleased” with their tax filing status.
“We feel great about our tax filing, especially when we know that we will get our refund,” she said in the tweet.
“The IRS will continue to do everything they can to support taxpayers and to give them the certainty and the security they deserve.”
Walker told The Associated Press that she would file a claim with the IRS as soon as possible, but declined to offer specifics.