The co-directors of a data research center have filed a federal Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service, claiming that the agency is illegally withholding information about its operations.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday by the Public Citizen Litigation Group on behalf of the Syracuse-based Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, requests information about the databases and programs that the IRS uses to generate reports and tabulate statistics. It is part of an ongoing effort by TRAC -- a non-partisan research center at Syracuse University that disseminates federal government statistical information -- to get statistical information from the IRS about enforcement actions.

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