Washington (April 8, 2004) -- After acknowledging a decline in Internal Revenue Service enforcement cases, Commissioner Mark Everson told a gathering of reporters here that his agency’s No. 1 priority is to get tough with, and subsequently prosecute, tax cheats.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Eileen O’Connor, assistant attorney general of the Department of Justice Tax Division, Everson said the IRS has “arrested the decline" in enforcement and promised that the agency would vigorously chase down high-income tax evaders.

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