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The Internal Revenue Service, fighting balky computers to meet a June 1 deadline for tax refunds, is expediting payments of more than $1,500 to save the federal Treasury millions of dollars in interest penalties. In Washington, IRS spokesman Wilson Fadely, calling the decision "good management," denied that the policy would delay the smaller refunds that go to taxpayers at the lower end of the income scale. "The lower amounts are being processed as they normally would be; we're merely giving priority to the higher refunds," Fadely said.

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