Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Mark Everson said he’s happy with the agency’s enforcement efforts for the 2006 fiscal year -- with tax collections totaling some $48.7 billion.Everson, who’s now been on the job for three and a half years, has long stressed the need to improve on his agency’s collection efforts. “The bottom line for our enforcement efforts shows that dollars collected rose again last year,” he said in a statement.

Following a 10 percent year-over-year boost in enforcement revenues for the 2005 fiscal year, to $47.3 billion, the IRS collected $48.7 billion in the 2006 fiscal year, a nearly 3 percent increase. Everson said exam dollars were down slightly this year because of a bump from the Son of Boss settlement initiative in 2005, and also noted that the agency continued to focus on auditing the returns of wealthier individuals. For the 2006 year, millionaires faced a 1-in-16 chance of being audited.

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