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Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

Press Release

April 28, 2008
Contact: David Barnes
(202) 622-3062

TIGTA Report Finds Enhanced IRS Enforcement Efforts Pay Off

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) increased its compliance activities and collected more revenue in Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 than in the previous year, according to a new report publicly released today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). Overall, the percentage of tax returns examined by the IRS rose by nearly 9 percent in FY 2007 compared to FY 2006. Meanwhile, revenue from these enforcement activities increased by 22 percent to $59.2 billion. "Improving compliance is crucial in reducing the tax gap and maintaining the integrity of the voluntary tax compliance system," said TIGTA Inspector General J. Russell George. This audit is TIGTA's ninth annual review of trends in IRS compliance activities. Report highlights include:

Collection Activities

Individual Income Tax Examinations

Corporate Income Tax Examinations

Small Corporation Examinations

Large Corporation Examinations

This audit was requested by the IRS Oversight Board. Details on the objective, scope and methodology of the report can be found on p. 12.


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