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Late Bloomer

The IRS' antiquated computer system is finally getting a boost.

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This story appears in the January 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

While the rest of the nation-and much of the world-has joined the computer age, the , which collects $2 trillion each year, still remains critically dependent on the obsolete computer systems it developed over the last 35 years.

But a large-scale computer modernization effort, started two years ago, is beginning to show progress. Once complete (sometime during this decade), the improvements promise to make the IRS more service-oriented and, to the dismay of some taxpayers, better able to track down those who want to avoid paying taxes.

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