On this day after federal tax deadline day, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is calling on the I-R-S to account for its employees giving some blacks a non-existent tax credit for slave reparations. Grassley says it’s a scam being perpetrated by con artists who are selling bogus tax information.The scam goes that not every freed slave got 40 acres of land and a mule after the Civil War ended, and thus, some descendants are due reparations of 42-thousand dollars. This is false. Still, the I-R-S reportedly erroneously paid out more 30-million dollars in 2000 and 2001 for the non-existent credit.Grassley calls that “stupid.” One I-R-S employee is said to be under investigation for allegedly helping to approve tax returns claiming the credit, while at least 12 current and former I-R-S employees are said to have applied to receive the credit. Grassley doesn’t know if anyone in Iowa got money from Uncle Sam on this scam, but he says it’s against the law.Grassley is the ranking member of the Committee on Finance, which has been focusing on the tens of billions of dollars lost to tax scams.
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