Numbers: Apr. 26, 1999

15% Increase in the amount given by the average taxpayer to the IRS this year, to $1,563

4% Increase in the number of refunds given last year

20% Decrease in the number of audits

15 min. 44 sec. Duration of commercials in the average hour of prime-time television in 1998, up 25 sec. from 1997

19 min. 13 sec. Duration of commercials per hour of ABC's sitcom Sports Night, a prime-time record

21 min. Duration of commercials per hour of ABC's daytime soap All My Children

44th Position at which the National Review placed owner William F. Buckley's God &...

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