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State Tax Commission Chairman Royce Chigbrow tells lawmakers that Idaho’s tax system is based on “voluntary” payments, which bring in 95 percent of income tax payments, while just a small amount comes from audit and collections. However, he said the audit presence is what brings about the “voluntary” compliance. This year, the Tax Commission cut 58 year-round temporary positions due to budget holdback, potentially endangering $7.5 million in collections. Some of those have come back temporarily for the tax season.

Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review