The IRS incorrectly issued more than $46 million in refunds for tax year 2013, government inspectors discovered.

The Treasury Department released an internal audit Monday faulting a computer programming error and ineffective monitoring for the tens of millions in taxpayer dollars mistakenly refunded for returns covering tax year 2013.

The mistakes and shortcomings at the Internal Revenue Service could incorrectly drain up to $230 million from the Treasury during the next five years if left uncorrected, according to the report.

The review by the inspector general for tax administration found that the programming error overrode the IRS’ two-week processing delay placed on tax returns flagged as potentially fraudulent, automatically releasing over $27 million in returns before the IRS could verify the claims.

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