Washington (Feb. 24, 2004) -- Efforts by the Internal Revenue Service to overcome the problems that weakened its enforcement activities are themselves running into problems, the U.S. General Accounting Office warned Congress.

Although the IRS is pressing forward on a number of projects aimed at reversing the trend toward declining collections of delinquent taxes and reduced tax audit activity, GAO investigators suggested that the tax service is taking short cuts that could jeopardize the success of these efforts.

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