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Senators request information after audit report reveals improperly claimed tax credits have increased despite inspector general first flagging issue in 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and 14 of his colleagues sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles P. Rettig Monday requesting information to better understand how the IRS enforces the electric vehicle tax credit in light of a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) audit report that detailed what appear to be systemic problems with the tax credit program.

“On September 30, 2019, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released an audit report finding that taxpayers improperly claimed $72 million in tax credits for electric vehicles and that the IRS ‘does not have effective processes to identify and prevent [these] erroneous claims,’” the senators wrote. “Notably, in 2011, TIGTA released an audit finding $33 million in tax credits for plug-in electric drive motor vehicles—one in five of every claimed tax credit—were awarded to individuals who owned vehicles that did not qualify. In other words, despite recognizing this fraud eight years ago, it has not only persisted but become even more widespread.”

Joining Senator Tillis were Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Barrasso (R-WY), James Lankford (R-OK), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Mike Braun (R-IN), Pat Toomey (R-PA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Jim Risch (R-ID), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Crapo (R-ID), John Kennedy (R-LA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and James Inhofe (R-OK).

The full text of the letter to Commissioner Rettig is below and can be found here.

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