Washington (Aug. 6, 2003) -- The Internal Revenue Service will launch the Earned Income Tax Credit certification pilot program in early 2004.

The new pilot program will allow the IRS to use an integrated approach to address potential erroneous claims by identifying cases that have the highest likelihood of error before they are accepted for processing and before any EITC benefits are paid.  The General Accounting Office has identified EITC as a “high risk” area for the government because of the high rate of erroneous payments.

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