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Prisoners Receive Tax Credits for "Buying" Hybrids While Behind Bars

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A report from the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration has found that people wrongfully claimed $33 million in federal tax credits for buying electric cars and hybrids, or roughly 20% of the total claims made.

The report also found that 29 prisoners received a total of $49,926 in vehicle credits. Yes, really. While they were in prison. (And that's not including the other 59 convicts who attempted to claim $104,795 in tax credits but were rejected.)

Other phony claims were made for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, a golf cart, and a Hummer.

The USA Today reports:

"In its response to the report, the IRS said it agreed with the inspector general's recommendations and has already implemented measures to address some of the problems in the report. In a statement, the IRS said it took 'immediate action to put additional protections in place to stop improper vehicle payments.' The IRS also said it's taking aggressive steps to recapture the erroneously claimed credits."
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