Syracuse, N.Y. (April 13, 2004) -- On the heels of Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Mark Everson's public vow that enforcement is the agency's top priority, a report released this week potrayed IRS efforts at business enforcement as lagging, with declines in the audits of corporations and pass-through entities.

According to an analysis of IRS data by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which is associated with Syracuse University, audits for business taxpayers are down from three audits per 1,000 tax returns five years ago, to two audits per 1,000 returns in fiscal 2003. In FY 2002, TRAC said the rate was 7 percent higher.

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