The Internal Revenue Service is exploring ways to improve its verification process before issuing tax refunds, but it needs to do a better job of managing the risks, according to a new government report.

The report, from the Government Accountability Office, noted that the IRS receives few information returns before issuing most tax refunds. In 2012, the IRS issued 50 percent of tax year 2011 refunds to individuals by the end of February, but had only received 3 percent of information returns.

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