The economic downturn and an increasing number of taxpayers with complex tax issues contributed to a decline in the amount of revenue collected by the Internal Revenue Service in fiscal year 2009, according to a new government report.

An annual statistical analysis by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that gross collections declined to $2.35 trillion in FY 2009, compared with $2.75 trillion in FY 2008. However, many other indicators showed mixed or positive results.

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