Americans avoided paying taxes on a record $1 trillion in income in 2003, according to a new federal government report.

The annual study by the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis shows the gap between actual income and the amount Americans reported on income-tax filings has increased 35 percent between 2000 and 2003, a period when tax rates were falling. In the previous four decades, the gap has increased when taxes were raised and contracted when rates were lower.

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