The IRS announced that it would no longer hold tax returns that both claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit and had incomplete Forms 8867 attached.

Late last week, published reports indicated that the IRS was devoting special scrutiny -- and so delaying refunds -- to filers who claimed the EITC, typically those taxpayers who needed their refund checks the most. IRS spokesman Terry Lemons, however, said on Monday that the service was paying no special scrutiny to such returns and that any delay in refunds was a “processing” problem caused by incomplete or inappropriate use of Form 8867.

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