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IRS Estimate: 17 Percent Of Taxes Owed Went Unpaid

In that year, 16 percent of taxes were unpaid initially, while enforcement efforts lowered the non-compliance rate to 13 percent.

That meant that in 2001, $345 billion in taxes were uncollected initially and $290 billion remained unpaid even after IRS audits and other enforcement efforts.

"Despite increasing complexity and an ever-changing tax code, compliance has remained steady," said IRS spokesman Frank Keith.

The dollar amounts of unpaid taxes were larger in 2006 chiefly because the size of the economy and the amount of taxes owed had grown, agency officials said.

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