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Potential abuse of a popular tax-credit program is costing the government billions of dollars, the IRS inspector general said in findings that may ramp up the debate over undocumented workers getting government benefits.
The IRS paid out at least $5.9 billion in improper payments of the additional child tax credit in fiscal year 2013, or about 25 percent to 30 percent of total payments, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration said Tuesday.
The IG previously reported that unauthorized workers were a major source of the improper payments, though that wasn’t spelled out in its most recent report.
IG: Billions lost to potential child tax credit fraud
Millions of illegal immigrants are getting a bigger tax refund than you. Eyewitness News shows a massive tax loophole that provides billions of dollars in tax credits to undocumented workers and, in many cases, people who have never stepped foot in the United States. And you are paying for it!
"There is not a doubt in my mind there's huge fraud taking place here," he said, slowly flipping through the pages of a tax return.