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Idaho tax collectors seek computer system upgrade, say problems fixed

David Langhorst, chairman, Idaho State Tax Commission (Betsy Russell)
David Langhorst, chairman, Idaho State Tax Commission (Betsy Russell)

Idaho needs to invest $5.2 million for a major computer upgrade in its tax collection system, state tax officials say, and it'll pay off big not far down the road. The upgrade, which state tax commissioners plan to pitch to lawmakers in January, could pay for itself within its first full year of operation, officials estimate, by allowing the state to better pursue fraudulent returns and tax lien debt.

The proposal comes as the state's four-member Tax Commission has been working to boost public confidence and employee morale, two years after a former director resigned amid scandal and charges that the commission was cutting secret deals with influential taxpayers. Current Chairman David Langhorst, a Democrat, said the commission is working toward "a more open and transparent way of doing business, and better communication within our own ranks." The Tax Commission assessed its status and outlook at its annual meeting today; you can read my full story here at spokesman.com.




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