The Internal Revenue Service cannot determine whether taxpayers claiming Residential Energy Credits are actually entitled to them, according to a new government report that found the tax credits going to hundreds of prisoners and minors.

The report, from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, noted that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 modified the law related to energy credits to encourage the purchase of energy-efficient property and renewable sources of energy for home use. More than 6.8 million individuals claimed more than $5.8 billion in Residential Energy Credits on tax year 2009 tax returns processed through December 31, 2010.

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