The IRS battles a fraud-plagued tax credit
Jun 21, 2024
Episode 1187

The IRS battles a fraud-plagued tax credit

It's a messy, scammy world sometimes.

Four years after the Internal Revenue Service created a tax credit to help struggling businesses get through the pandemic, the agency ultimately plans to reject the majority of claims filed under the program. We’ll explain how it became swamped with fraud. And, Major League Baseball legend Reggie Jackson opened up about the racism he and other Black players faced in the ’60s. We’ll get into it. And, we’ll play a round of Half Full / Half Empty!

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