The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) faces some formidable enforcement
challenges, such as closing a tax gap that was last estimated at $127
billion in tax year 1992 and collecting tens of billions of dollars of
tax debt. Congress recognizes these challenges, and every year but one
since 1990 it has provided compliance initiatives that would add more
staff. The goal is to increase compliance and generate more revenue.
This testimony discusses IRS' compliance initiatives and its progress in
collecting tax debts.
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