WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service collected more than $45 million in payments from municipal bond issuers and other transaction participants in 2007 audit settlements and voluntary closing agreements, which market participants said is a record amount.

Tax-exempt bond office director Clifford Gannett revealed the figure yesterday at a briefing on TEB’s 2008 work plan. He also said that inquiries from other federal regulators have pushed him to dedicate his senior technical adviser to assisting in “external” muni-related investigations.

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