The Internal Revenue Service may be able to turn up a questionable deduction on a single 1040, but it apparently can’t locate up to 6,.600 computers it lent to volunteers to help prepare low-income taxpayers’ returns.
An audit released this week by the Office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that the IRS can’t account for the laptop and desktop computers. Earlier this summer, the inspector general said that nearly 2,300 computers were missing in other areas of the IRS.
The report found computers missing from the IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs, which offer taxpayers the option of filing their returns electronically, the Treasury audit said.
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