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Camp, Boustany Want Answers about Reports of Improper Payments through the IRS’ EITC Program

February 15, 2011

Washington, DC – Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany (R-LA) sent a letter to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Douglas Shulman on late Friday afternoon, inquiring about reports of improper payments through the IRS’ Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program. 

In the letter, the Chairmen outlined several concerns related to the program noting that it consistently ranks among the most poorly administered federal programs in terms of improper payments.  Highlighting repeated recommendations on ways to reduce the waste, fraud and abuse in the EITC program, the Chairmen requested that IRS explain why IRS has failed to implement numerous long-standing recommendations to improve the program’s recovery of improper payments. As part of the Committee’s oversight jurisdiction relating to the activities of the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service, Camp and Boustany requested IRS provide information (by February 25) related to the EITC program, including the amount of money that has been recovered from improper payments, results of the agency’s “EITC Paid Preparer Strategy” program and an explanation as to why the agency has delayed implementation of recommendations for reducing overpayments in the EITC program.

The full letter can be read here.