The Government Accountability Office gave a thumbs-up to the Internal Revenue Service's $11-billion budget request, saying that the agency appears to have recognized that throwing money at enforcement can only reduce the tax gap so much.

The GAO said that the IRS's 2007 budget request is a small decrease after adjusting for inflation, and sets performance goals for service and enforcement that are all equal to, or higher than, its 2006 goals.

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