Voluntary compliance shrinks slightly.

 
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Only about 83.6% of taxes owed in 2011 through 2013 was voluntarily paid, leaving a "tax gap" of $441 billion per year on average, the IRS reported in late September (Publication 1415, Federal Tax Compliance Research: Tax Gap Estimates for Tax Years 2011-2013-, News Release IR-2019-159).The previous estimate, covering tax years 2008 through 2010, was of a voluntary compliance rate of 83.8%, two-tenths of a percentage point higher, and an...

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