The Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board released a report requesting an additional $11.6 billion in funding for fiscal year 2006, a 9 percent increase over the Bush administration's recommendation. President Bush is required to submit the board's request, without revision, to Congress along with his own request. "One of the board's roles is to provide a private sector perspective," observed board chairman Raymond T. Wagner Jr. "And from this vantage point, it makes perfect sense to make the additional investments in enforcement that will pay for themselves many times over. The IRS and administration estimates show that every dollar invested in enforcement generates four dollars in increased revenues." The board estimated that an additional $435 million for enforcement would result in $1.74 billion in additional tax revenue. The board also called for additional funding toward maintaining and improving customer service and supporting the Business Systems Modernization program, which is replacing the agency's antiquated computer system. In its report, the board stated that its recommendations are backed by taxpayers. Those surveyed in its annual tax compliance survey called for additional funding for the IRS -- 62 percent favored more funding for enforcement and 64 percent favored more taxpayer assistance.

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