In light of high farm incomes and constrained federal budgets, the cost of federal farm and conservation programs—about $15 billion annually from 2009 through 2012—has come under scrutiny.
GAO’s review of 115 tax return files from selected state offices found that some files met agency guidance and had no apparent errors. Other files did not meet agency guidance or contained errors, resulting in some potentially improper payments to participants whose incomes exceeded the limits.
For example, GAO found errors in 19 of the 22 tax return files it reviewed from FSA offices in two states; one of these errors led to a potentially improper payment of $40,000.
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