The Winter 2004-2005 Statistics of Income Bulletin, a quarterly compilation of information on various topics from federal tax returns and other documents, has been released by the Internal Revenue Service. For tax years 1995 to 2001, corporation aggregate pretax book income -- the amount reported to shareholders -- peaked at $853.7 billion in 1999, falling to $221.3 billion in 2001. Aggregate tax net income peaked in 1997 at $607.5 billion, declining to $270.8 billion in 2001. In all years but 2001, aggregate pretax book income exceeded tax net income, reaching a maximum dollar difference of $318.4 billion in 1999. Preliminary data also show that taxpayers filed 130.6 million individual income tax returns for 2003. Adjusted gross income totaled $6.2 trillion, while taxable income was $4.2 trillion, and total income tax was $750 billion. The largest component of AGI was salaries and wages, totaling nearly $4.7 trillion. A total of $261.4 billion in business net income was reported on 14.4 million returns.

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