Anonymous visits by government auditors have uncovered accuracy problems with some of the tax returns prepared by volunteers who staff the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Program, according to a new report.

The report, from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, examined the no-cost federal tax return preparation and electronic filing services provided by volunteer tax preparers working with low- and moderate-income, elderly, disabled and limited-English-proficient taxpayers under the auspices of the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, program and its Tax Counseling for the Elderly, or TCE, program.

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