Washington (March 16, 2004) -- The number of audits of high-income taxpayers jumped 24 percent in 2003, outpacing the increase of taxpayer audits across the board, according to the latest statistics from the Internal Revenue Service.

IRS 2003 enforcement statistics show that audits of high-income taxpayers (adjusted gross income over $100,000) reached 139,379, up 24 percent over 2002, and up 52 percent from 2001. Meanwhile, audits of all taxpayers rose 14 percent to 849,296, while revenue from IRS collection activity grew to $35.5 billion, a jump of 9 percent from 2002.

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