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Officials say $205M in local taxes mishandled

Thursday, April 5, 2012

*Clay County CAGIT

Undistributed Amounts from CY 2011: $517,833

Undistributed Amounts from Jan.-April 2012: $259,371.61

Total Amounts to be Distributed: $777,204.61

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The head of Indiana's taxing authority tendered his resignation this week after it was discovered that $205 million in local income tax revenue hadn't been distributed to counties, the second such oversight in months found to have happened on his watch.

John Eckart, the Department of Revenue's commissioner, will step down at the end of the current tax season after seven years in charge of the agency, state budget director Adam Horst said at a news conference Thursday. He did not specify when, exactly, that would be.

Two other top revenue officials, Chief Information Officer Roy D. Gabriel and Chief Financial Officer Darrel Anderson, also left after the error was discovered, Department of Revenue spokesman Bob Dittmer said.

Horst blamed the problem on a programming error. A similar error caused state budget leaders to lose track of $320 million in corporate tax collections over four years. That error was discovered in December.

The revenue department says the mishandled money will be distributed with interest to the 91 of Indiana's 92 counties that have local income taxes. Horst said the state is searching for an outside auditor to review the agency's procedures.

"It's all you can do at this point," Horst said, when asked about restoring public trust in the state's accounting.

Indiana's Legislative leaders, Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma and Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long requested a say in who is selected for the audit and demanded that the findings be reported to the Assembly's budget leaders. Democrats initially requested an independent audit of the Department of Revenue last year after the $320 million error was discovered, but were rebuffed by promises the administration would conduct its own review.

Horst said he told Gov. Mitch Daniels about the problem Tuesday and alerted legislative leaders about the problem Wednesday. Daniels left on a private trip to Israel Tuesday and was not immediately available for comment.

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This State stinks of corruption I think this makes this the 3rd time the State has found missing tax dollars. And this is since they tryed to reduce the states Veterans benifits. Mitch should be removed from office. This is good news for Clay County maybe they won't shouve a wheel tax down own throats. Keep your fingers crossed they find more missing $$$$$ we should check all of our corrupt polititions pockets and bank accounts. Shame on your fraud of the State of Indiana.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Thu, Apr 5, 2012, at 11:53 PM

If it is indeed a programming error - why wasn't this caught and corrected!

-- Posted by captnwench on Sat, Apr 7, 2012, at 10:39 AM

That should cover at least 13 miles of road asphalting in Clay County. What I'd do is not fill in a 24" chuckhole, then move on the the next. I'd asphalt a section, strip, running foot area. I'm not talking Certain Commissioner's Street, Certain Commissioner's Avenue or Certain Commissioner's Lane either. The citizens of Brazil have just as much right to some of that money as the county.

Also, the Department of Revenue's commissioner will probably find another position within the state.

-- Posted by My Dime on Mon, Apr 9, 2012, at 5:05 AM

Will any of these people be arrested and or charged like a certain local person was when money was incorrectly paid out? I doubt it. I know different DA's in charge etc... but still....

-- Posted by indianamama on Wed, Apr 11, 2012, at 11:15 AM

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