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$458 billion in taxes unpaid every year

The U.S. tax gap measures in hundreds of billions of dollars each year, according to the IRS. (Source: CNN/IRS) The U.S. tax gap measures in hundreds of billions of dollars each year, according to the IRS. (Source: CNN/IRS)

(CNN) - The U.S. is owed billions of dollars in back taxes, and Americans aren't paying up.

Every year the IRS says it faces an estimated $458 billion "tax gap" - income taxes that are owed, but not paid.

The IRS said it manages to recapture about $52 billion a year through enforcement efforts like tax audits.

Most Americans do pay up every year. Voluntary compliance is at 82 percent.

The IRS attributes the shortfall to under-reporting, underpayment and the remaining 18 percent who just don't pay.

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