Dating back to 2000, the Internal Revenue Service has continued to take steps towards reversing several noncompliance trends that took hold in the 1990s.According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, compliance activities increased and results improved during the IRS’s 2006 fiscal year as the agency continues to make greater use of collection enforcement tools. Last year, enforcement revenue collected continued to increase (to $48.7 billion), although the total dollar amount of uncollected liabilities did increase, to $271 billion.

The inspector general said that while the IRS collected 5.5 percent more dollars than 2005, both the number of taxpayers (779,272) and the amount owed ($27.2 billion) on accounts in the collection pipeline was at a 10-year high -- though the report offered a number of explanations for those figures.

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