Washington (July 30, 2003) -- The Internal Revenue Service has delayed the first phase of the program to modernize its taxpayer master files, the Customer Account Data Engine (CADE), until the 2004 filing season. The first group of taxpayers, approximately 6 million 1040 EZ filers, was originally scheduled to move to the new system in 2001.

“This most recent setback is a serious matter,” said IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson.

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