A new report by the Government Accountability Office on last tax-filing season suggests the Internal Revenue Service beef up its enforcement efforts while it processes returns.
The GAO recommended two areas in which the IRS should expand its "math error authority," or MEA, to check for taxpayer errors while processing before interest is owed on unpaid taxes. One involves eligibility for the child and dependent care credit by taxpayers who are "married filing separately." Taxpayers in this filing status are not eligible for the credit, but the IRS still allows it to be claimed, issues refunds, and later audits the same taxpayers to try to recover the money.
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