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The IRS and its computers: a 20 year upgrade, and still counting

I edited a story earlier today that's worth sharing as the U.S. income 
tax deadline nears. It describes how the IRS has been trying to upgrade 
its computers for 20 years, has spent $5 billion, and still pays people 
to keystroke paper tax returns by hand:

This is part of our irregular series on the Feds' ailing computers. 
Here's one on the FBI's systems:

And one about Homeland Security (love the photos of index card files):


Posted by Declan McCullagh on Apr 13, 2007 in category economics

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