The Internal Revenue Service has made little improvement in reducing improper Earned Income Tax Credit payments since 2002, when it was first required to report estimates of these payments to Congress, according to a new government report.

The report, from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, noted that the IRS estimates that 23 to 28 percent of EITC payments are issued improperly each year, which equated to $11 billion to $13 billion in EITC improper payments in fiscal year 2009.

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