- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho House panel wants to stop people from collecting the state’s grocery tax credit while also receiving food stamps or while in jail.

The House Revenue and Taxation Committee unanimously voted Friday to introduce the bill. Backers of the bill argue it will crack down on tax fraud.

The plan would allow state agencies to share information with the Idaho tax commission to find violators.

Currently, Idaho gives nearly all its residents a credit when they file their annual tax returns, to offset surcharges they pay on groceries. This year, most Idahoans will receive $100, and $120 for seniors

The bill is estimated to recover almost $150,000 per year. However, Deputy Attorney General Bill von Tagen says he’s not sure how big the problem is.

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