Washington (July 26, 2004) -- A modernized system designed to replace the Internal Revenue Service central database of taxpayer account information has processed its first live returns, the IRS announced.

The Customer Account Data Engine started processing an initial set of 1040EZ tax returns last week, marking the first time in 40 years that the IRS is processing returns and issuing refunds on a new computer system, noted IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson.

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