The Internal Revenue Service requested a budget of $10.6 billion for the 2007 fiscal year, an increase of 1.4 percent from the current year's budget.

Nearly $10.6 billion would come from direct appropriations through the Treasury Department. An additional $135 million would come from the IRS's new user fee revenue for a total operating level of $10.7 billion.

Among the IRS operations receiving more funding would be enforcement activities and taxpayer services. Enforcement has proposed funding at nearly $7 billion, a 2 percent increase from the 2006 enacted levels; taxpayer services has proposed funding at more than $3.5 billion, a 1.4 percent increase from 2006.

"The proposed budget strikes a good balance between maintaining our commitment to taxpayer service and continuing to reinvigorate enforcement efforts," said IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson, in a statement. "The proposal continues support for our priority technology modernization projects."

The proposal also requests legislative proposals to address the tax gap, including:

  • Increasing information reporting on payment card transactions;
  • Expanding information reporting on payments made by government to buy property and services;
  • Amending collection-due procedures for employment tax liabilies; and,
  • Requiring return preparers to identify themselves on non-income tax returns.

The IRS's full request is available at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-news/fy07budgetinbrief.pdf.

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