The nation’s largest cash-assistance program for the working poor has doubled in size since the 1990s and is plagued with an overpayment rate of up to 25 percent, one of the largest error rates of all federal programs, a Dayton Daily News analysis has found.
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This newspaper reviewed federal audits and analyzed data from the Internal Revenue Service and the Tax Policy Center in order to gather information about the Earned Income Tax Credit. We also talked to experts and lawmakers about what can be done to improve the program. We will continue to examine important issues that affect all taxpayers.