Want to expand the EITC? Cut fraud first [Letter]

July 30, 2014

It is not surprising that The Sun would want to spend even more money on the Earned Income Tax Credit, despite the fact that the Treasury Department reports that one-fourth of the recipients get the credit fraudulently ("Ryan's safety net," July 30). Fraud accounted for at least $13 billion in the 2013 tax year alone. I suppose the one-fourth fraudulent rate for the EITC is considered a grand success by The Sun. Perhaps everyone could agree the EITC should be expanded as long as the safeguards are improved to prevent those unqualified from receiving the credit. In that case, we could cut the cost of the program while giving more to the deserving, a win-win result.

Mark Campbell, Millersville

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