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Out-of-state tax collections yield $40 million.

Byline: Journal Record Staff

OKLAHOMA CITY The Oklahoma Tax Commission has assessed $40 million on out-of-state delinquent tax debtors since November 2017, according to state Rep. Kyle Hilbert.

Hilbert, R-Depew, and state Sen. James Leewright, R-Bristow, were authors of House Bill 1427 in 2017, which created the OTC's Out-of-State Compliance Division to collect unpaid taxes owed to Oklahoma by remote sellers or out-of-state individuals, firms and corporations.

"For a small investment in staff and resources, we have located, assessed and collected millions of dollars in taxes that are owed to our state," said Hilbert. "And I believe there are millions more out there that can be located and collected on an annual basis. These are the types of simple reforms that make our government more efficient and ensure that we are properly collecting and using the resources we are already owed before we raise more revenue from our citizens."

The Out-of-State Compliance Division employs a supervisor and seven auditors. The division located and assessed $15.2 million in unpaid sales, use and withholding taxes during the fiscal year that ended June 30 and $24.5 million in unpaid taxes so far in the fiscal year that started July 1. The OTC has collected $9.9 million so far in the current fiscal year.

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Publication:Journal Record (Oklahoma City, OK)
Date:Feb 1, 2019
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