The Internal Revenue Service's 2005 IRS Data Book is now available at the agency's Web site.

Among other data, the publication contains tables detailing the amount of revenue collected, the number of audits conducted and the number of refunds issued between Oct. 1, 2004, and Sept. 30, 2005.

One of the priorities of Commissioner Mark W. Everson, an increase in enforcement, is documented in this year's book. During the 2005 fiscal year, the IRS completed more than 1.2 million audits of individuals, up almost 21 percent from the previous year's figure of just over a million.

The book also provides state-by-state statistics on areas such as electronic filing, which accounted for more than half of all individual income tax returns last year. Other tables in the book include information about returns filed, tax collections and refunds, examination coverage, appeals, criminal investigations, employee plans and exempt organizations, taxpayer assistance, information reporting and administrative costs, and personnel summaries.

The book is available online at,,id=102174,00.html. Published copies of the Fiscal Year 2005 IRS Data Book, Publication 55B, will be available in mid-April from the U.S. Government Printing Office.

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