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November 21, 2006
Tax Analysts Sues the IRS for Enforcement Performance Reports

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Tax Analysts on November 20 sued the IRS, asking a federal court to force the agency to comply with the Freedom of Information Act and provide “monthly performance reports” that the IRS commissioner has been producing since January 1, 2005.

The reports contain monthly updates on the agency's tax law enforcement efforts. Disclosing the reports would help the public evaluate IRS Commissioner Mark Everson's claim that enforcement has improved significantly during his tenure at the IRS, Tax Analysts believes.

Commenting on the suit, Tax Analysts President Christopher Bergin said, "Frankly, we think it's self-evident that the IRS should release, to the citizens it serves, its evaluations of how well the agency is doing its job.  Yet, Tax Analysts had to sue to get this information because the IRS ignored federal law and refused to respond to a legitimate request under the Freedom of Information Act. We are left to wonder what the IRS is trying to hide."

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