Washington (Aug. 5, 2004) — While the Internal Revenue Service has improved in its assistance programs, its enforcement program remains woefully underfunded and undermanned, according to the annual report released by the IRS Oversight Board.

The report said the IRS has to fortify a “weakened and vulnerable” enforcement program, one that was able to pursue just 18 percent of all known abusive tax avoidance cases during 2003, which left a void of roughly $450 million from the remainder of the open cases.

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