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Make Work Tax issue referred up the chain

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Inspector General J. Russell George referred Senator Ben Pangelinan's request regarding the Make Work Pay Credit issue to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Make Work Pay Credit is part of a program implemented by the federal government where eligible tax payers making less than $75,000 a year receive a tax credit of $400 to $800.

Pangelinan says he wants to ensure the administration is following the law, as he says they are underpaying refunds, telling KUAM News, "I don't want the governor to continue to use the excuse that we may have to pay this back and that's why he's not paying the refunds because those are budgeted and in the fiscal year approved. What he is doing is taking the cash and paying Calvo's SelectCare health insurance increase and that's not budgeted."

In the meantime, Department of Revenue & Taxation director John Camacho says while the money is needed for refunds, he says they are sticking to the strict guidelines in place for the federal funding. "I just wanted to announce that we are following the MOU agreement between the treasury IRS and Rev & Tax and the money that's been deposited to DOA for these purposes," he said.

Senator Pangelinan, however, is awaiting clarification from the IG that the federal funds are being applied correctly and if the amount given is accurate.

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