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Unauthorized U.S. Workers Claim $4.2 Billion in Tax Credits

Tax filers who were not authorized to work in the U.S. collected $4.2 billion in tax credits in 2010, a Treasury Department watchdog reported.

Although federal law prohibits people residing illegally in the U.S. from receiving most public benefits, an increasing number filed tax returns claiming the additional child tax credit intended for working families, according to the report released today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, J. Russell George.