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Businesses owed the state about $785 million in unpaid taxes at the end of the fiscal year that concluded June 30, 2018, the Louisiana Legislative Auditor says.
The Department of Revenue collected about $9.2 billion that year across all tax types. About 90 percent of the money the department collects comes from businesses, though that includes employer withholding of individual income taxes.
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About 70 percent of the unpaid business collections are sales or employer withholding taxes that businesses collected but did not remit to the state. A little over 69 percent is considered collectable; the department considers owed taxes uncollectable when its officers have exhausted their collection tools or once the debt is 10 years old.
While the amount of unpaid debt increased by $170.8 million since fiscal year 2016, staffing in the department’s Business Tax Enforcement division has decreased by 8.3 percent, the Legislative Auditor says. In a new report, the auditor's office recommends ways the department could strengthen collections, including:
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Upgrading tax software.
Prioritizing newer cases rather than older ones, which...
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