We’ve also been working hard to implement expenditure control policies and create fiscal initiatives such as a tax modernization program.
While the history of the tax department’s computer programs is not a good one, the recent initiative to upgrade those programs is on time, on budget and meeting our first-year expectations. It will take until 2018 to complete, but we are already seeing progress in the collection of the general excise and transient accommodation taxes
Photo: Todd Nacapuy, State of Hawaii CIO
Tax Modernization Program
Greater efficiencies have increased tax revenues and saved taxpayer dollars. At the same time, our tax-fraud unit identified over $20 million in fraudulent claims in the last fiscal year and, so far this year, it has found another $11 million. Let’s be clear. Stopping tax fraud is about fairness for all those who faithfully pay their share each year.
We know this work delays tax refunds and we are working hard to minimize those delays. If you bear with us during this transition, we will soon have a system that will be better able to catch fraud, without the time, cost and work required to do so today.