Extra investment in revenue agency paying off for state

The Department of Revenue collected eight times more in additional delinquent taxes than it promised during the past fiscal year in return for the Legislature providing $3.5 million to hire extra staff.

During the 2012 session, the Legislature appropriated the extra money to hire 44 auditors and revenue officers. For the additional funds, Tax Commissioner Johnny Morgan said the agency could generate at least $10 million more in delinquent taxes than in the previous year.

Department of Revenue spokeswoman Kathy Waterbury said, “We collected $10 million over the prior year: eight times – $80,861,260 more in delinquent tax collections than for FY12. The results were verified by PEER.”
PEER is the Legislature’s Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review Committee.

Bobby Harrison