The Internal Revenue Service is being inundated with returns from taxpayers that don’t correctly claim the one-time telephone tax refund the federal government is issuing for the 2006 tax year.

The government stopped collecting the long-distance excise tax last summer after several court decisions found that the tax does not apply to long-distance service as it is billed in the modern era. Federal officials also authorized a one-time refund of the federal excise tax collected on service billed during the previous 41 months, spanning from March 2003 through July 2006.

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