News Releases

News Releases

Official news releases from the Federation of Tax Administrators.  Questions regarding news releases should be directed to Verenda Smith at verenda.smith@taxadmin.org.


 

Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:00 AM
Federation of Tax Administrators
444 North Capitol Street, N.W., #348
Washington, D.C. 20001
Ph. (202) 624-8443/Fax (202) 624-7888
 
NEWS RELEASE     For immediate release
CONTACT: Jonathan Lyon
Jonathan.Lyon@taxadmin.org
202-255-8282
 
WISCONSIN AND SOUTH DAKOTA CO-WINNERS OF
2017 FTA AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING TECHNOLOGY APPLICATION
California receives honorable mention

 
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 16, 2017).  The Wisconsin Department of Revenue and the South Dakota Department of Revenue are co-winners of the 2017 FTA Award for Technology. Judges gave the California Franchise Tax Board an honorable mention.
 
Awards will be presented at the FTA Annual Meeting, June 11-14 in Seattle, Wash. The winning agencies have been invited to present the details of their programs during the Technology breakout.
 
Entries were judged on the basis of factors such as originality, transferability, quality, and effectiveness.
 
Wisconsin won with its Income and Withholding Matching for Fraud Protection and Reconciliation program. The judges were impressed with Wisconsin’s comprehensive re-thinking of employer/employee match programs, noting that it attacked and addressed data quality issues as well as the varying submission capabilities of different reporters, featured extensive marketing and messaging, and actually resulted in increased electronic filing.
 
South Dakota’s Special Events Application considers the problem of transient vendors. It was designed to address the challenges of events such as the the State Fair and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The iPad-based product improves recordation, tracking and payment services for vendors and the state, delivers more consistent real-time data, takes advantage of GIS technology, results in better customer service and offers new opportunities to share data across state agencies.
 
California received the Honorable Mention for its broad-based Enterprise Data to Revenue project. Though the agency handles tax reporting from 18 million citizens and more than a million businesses, the agency impressed judges with the scale and breadth of the five-year program improvements, which encompass a re-engineered personal and business return filing and validation system, a new data warehouse and improved data modeling and analytics, a “one taxpayer view” Taxpayer Folder paperless environment for the staff,  case management tools and highly enhanced and new on-line services for taxpayers and their representatives.
 
 
About the organization. The Federation of Tax Administrators is a nonprofit association composed of the taxation and revenue agencies in the 50 states, District of Columbia, New York City and Philadelphia. Its mission is to improve the standards and methods of tax administration.
 
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Monday, March 06, 2017 03:54 PM

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Ronald Alt
(202) 624-8445

IOWA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
WINS FTA AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING RESEARCH

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(Washington, D. C., March 6, 2017) The Federation of Tax Administrators announced today that the judges named the Iowa Department of Revenue as the winner of the 2017 FTA Award for Outstanding Research and Analysis.

Iowa entered its new Tax Credit Award, Claim, & Transfer Administration System, otherwise known as "CACTAS." It is a statewide system to collect and track tax credit award information across many state agencies.  The CACTAS database currently has information on 13 credit programs involving 17 different state agencies.

The judges noted how it was “innovative in collecting data across many different agencies.” It has “the potential to improve revenue forecasting” by providing detailed information on tax credit awards and utilization, enabling forecasters to better understand how credits are claimed in current and future years.  It is a step forward in better transparency that could be duplicated by other states.

Presentation of the awards will take place during the FTA Annual Meeting, June 11-14 in Seattle Washington. The winners have also been invited to make a presentation at the annual FTA Revenue Estimating & Tax Research Conference, September 23-27 in Omaha, Nebraska.

An independent panel consisting of Robert Cline, Retired – Ernst & Young; Norton Francis, Urban Institute; and Marcia Howard, FFIS, judged the entries.

The Federation of Tax Administrators is a nonprofit organization composed of taxation and revenue departments of the fifty states, District of Columbia, New York City and Philadelphia. Its mission is to improve the standards and methods of tax administration.

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Monday, February 08, 2016 05:57 PM

KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
WINNER OF
2016 FTA AWARD FOR COMPLIANCE

 
WASHINGTON, D.C. (FEBRUARY 8, 2016).  The Kentucky Department of Revenue’s Computer Assisted Collection System is winner of the 2016 FTA Award for Collections.
 
The award will be presented at the FTA Annual Meeting, June 12-15 in Annapolis, Md. Kentucky has been invited to present the details of its program during the Compliance breakout.
 
Judges were Harley Duncan, KPMG; Clare Calaby, IRS; and Lila Disque, Multistate Tax Commission.
 
When the collections caseload more than doubled between FY 2010 and BY 2014 – the result of a focus on improving compliance, legislation that directed Kentucky to collect other government agency debts and the economic downturn – the agency had to find a way to perform its work with existing staffing.  It looked for greater flexibility to automate processes and better capability to score and prioritize caseloads. 
 
The result was to transfer a mainframe collections tool to an online tool. The agency was able to automatically issue final notices and levies on active cases. Routine tasks and alerts are now automated. Taxpayers can enjoy a self-service portal. Workers can use flexible correspondence templates. When a taxpayer has more than one kind of overdue tax (such as sales and employee withholding), cases can be combined. Because many processes are now automated, collectors have more time for taxpayer service. Kentucky has new authority to revoke or suspend professional licenses, vehicle registration and driver’s licenses where other forms of collection have not been successful. The necessary notices to the taxpayer can now be issued in a controlled volume using separate letter templates, with accompanying letters to the appropriate licensing board.
 
Kentucky plans for improvement in coming months includes the ability to allow taxpayers to make secure credit card payments on their pay plans.
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About the organization. The Federation of Tax Administrators is a nonprofit association composed of the taxation and revenue agencies in the 50 states, District of Columbia, New York City and Philadelphia. Its principal programs are rooted in information exchange, training and intergovernmental coordination. Its mission is to improve the standards and methods of tax administration.

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Contact:
Verenda Smith
202-624-8443
Verenda.Smith@taxadmin.org
 
Monday, February 08, 2016 05:54 PM

WASHINGTON STATE WINNER OF
2016 FTA AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION
WISCONSIN AWARDED HONORABLE MENTION


 
WASHINGTON, D.C. (FEBRUARY 8, 2016).  The Washington State Department of Revenue’s Enterprise Risk Management program is winner of the 2016 FTA Award for Management and Organization.  Judges awarded the Wisconsin Department of Revenue an honorable mention in the category for its employee engagement program.
 
Awards will be presented at the FTA Annual Meeting, June 12-15 in Annapolis, Md. The winning agencies have been invited to present the details of their programs during the Management breakout.
 
Judges were Harley Duncan, KPMG; Clare Calaby, Internal Revenue Service; and Lila Disque, Multistate Tax Commission.
 
Washington State’s program is a comprehensive approach to minimizing the risk of mistakes in a government operation. The traditional approach for government to minimize risk is to generate policies and procedures. The Department of Revenue says its new Enterprise Risk Management  approach can better identify and address the unique risks faced by a tax agency.
 
The program recognizes that, for a tax agency, risk management goes beyond employee safety to include a fiduciary responsibility to the state. Risk management must consider risks at the strategic level of the organization and define areas that could keep the agency from achieving its business plan goals. The program establishes a disciplined approach for employees to identify and tackle all the types of obstacles that would impede success.
 
The agency has refined the program as it matures, creating tools such as a Risk Radar and a Fundamentals Map (which includes outcome measures and process measures), and developing a “risk appetite.”
 
Judges said the approach would be complex for other states to adopt but that it is an important program, in part because “it shows that you have risk other than people taking cash. Risk management is important. We’re not just collection agencies. We’re doing more customer services, data services, financial services. This helps you focus and get the big picture.”
 
Judges named Wisconsin as an honorable mention winner because of the program’s easy-to-adopt approach. Wisconsin’s program is based on a tightly designed employee survey taken in 2014 and again in 2015 that yielded concrete action plans for improvement. Strategies put in place after the 2014 survey included enhanced morning meetings with the Secretary, posting Lean project successes on the agency’s internal blog and publicly acknowledging when an idea by an employee is used in a decision or process.
 
Judges called the program “a good effort, straightforward, easy and simple. Wisconsin deserves plaudits. Wisconsin definitely did it right. They kept it focused. It’s a good management tool for them.  They had actionable ideas on how to improve. A lot of people could just take this and begin to do it.”
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About the organization: The Federation of Tax Administrators is a nonprofit association composed of the taxation and revenue agencies in the 50 states, District of Columbia, New York City and Philadelphia. Its principal programs are rooted in information exchange, training and intergovernmental coordination. Its mission is to improve the standards and methods of tax administration.

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Contact:
Verenda Smith
202-624-8443
Verenda.Smith@taxadmin.org
 
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