Coming from the top, the news is startling. Internal Revenue Service commissioner Charles Rossotti told the Internal Revenue Oversight Board this week that the federal tax system is "on a serious long-term downtrend" and that tax cheats are prospering as never before.

In his end of term report, Rossotti told IRS Oversight Board members that despite significant improvements in the management of the IRS, the health of the federal tax administration system is deteriorating.

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