The Internal Revenue Service has posted the 2006 Data Book on its Web site.

The report describes activities conducted by the IRS from Oct. 1, 2005, through September 30, 2006, including information about returns filed and taxes collected, enforcement, taxpayer assistance and the IRS budget and workforce.

During the 2006 fiscal year, the IRS collected more than $2.2 trillion in taxes and processed over 228 million returns. Over 80 million returns, including more than half of individual income tax returns, were filed electronically during the year. And over 108 million individual filers received tax refunds totaling $243 billion.
In 2006, the agency spent an average of 42 cents to collect each $100 of tax revenue.

The IRS examined nearly 1.3 million individual income tax returns in 2006, more than double the number examined for the 2000 fiscal year. Examinations of business tax returns grew for the second year in a row, reaching over 52,000 in 2006. IRS personnel answered over 32.6 million toll-free calls from taxpayers, and the IRS Web site received about 194 million visits.

The book is available online, at http://www.irs.gov/taxstats/article/0,,id=102174,00.html. Published copies of the Fiscal Year 2006 IRS Data Book, Publication 55B, will be available in mid-April from the U.S. Government Printing Office.


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