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IRS SIFTS 30 TONS OF MICROFILM TO FIND MISSING TAXPAYER FORMS

 ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Somewhere within 30 tons of microfilm files is vital information needed by a taxpayer to complete the 1040 form. This year, Kodak (NYSE: EK) digital technology is helping the IRS find it.
 The government office maintains a staggering 250,000 rolls of microfilm containing 8 billion records, from which itnly active file of its type in the world.
 The IRS "Wage Information Retrieval System (WIRS)" based in Latham, N.Y., can locate a single form among its 8 billion records using Kodak Imagelink digital workstations. The IRS unit is able to provide swift service and rapid distribution, thanks to technology that digitizes microfilm documents.
 Out of the total file of 8 billion records, the WIRS looks up information from 26 million each year, representing some 1.5 million cases. One case may require as many as 18 lookups.
 Imagelink digital workstations scan the microfilm and convert the image to a digital file. "Once you have a digital file, your delivery options can be endless," explains Terence K. Neary, chief of resources management for the IRS. "You can send that image to a local or remote laser printer, to a fax machine, to a floppy disk or to a networked PC."
 Or to a desperate taxpayer.
 WIRS was established several years ago to provide taxpayers with copies of their W-2 and W-3 forms. It was conceived as a simple archive for duplicate microfilm originated by the Social Security Administration.
 With the new digital workstations, IRS staff members can locate and distribute them to taxpayers and government agencies more quickly. Records also look better, because they can be electronically cleaned up and output on laser printers.
 "Print quality is superior to anything we've had before," points out Carol Gagliardi, head of WIRS. That's important to taxpayers and the IRS alike. After all, she adds, "when you request a copy of your Form W-2, you want to be able to read it."
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