We have discussed the federal government’s efforts to track down tax-evaders many times before, but the IRS isn’t the only tax agency looking to crack down on those who don’t pay their fair share of taxes. The California Franchise Tax Board is in the middle of a five-and-a-half-year effort to automatically find and identify noncompliant taxpayers. Judging by the returns so far, their plan is working.
According to reports, the modernization of the Board’s IT system is finding a lot of tax money owed to the state of California much quicker that expected. Since July 2011, when the project began, the system has already identified and collected $1 billion in tax revenue owed to the state.
Overall, the project, which is called the Enterprise Data to revenue Project (EDR), is expected to garner an additional $4.7 billion in tax revenue for the state through 2015. The gains don’t stop there, however. The new system is also expected to earn California an additional $1 billion in extra tax revenue every year after that.
According to an EDR spokesperson the majority of the money already collected comes from those whom the state considers to be noncompliant taxpayers, which consist of both individuals and businesses. With the tax gap in California estimated to be about $10 billion between what people owe and what they actually pay the early returns from the new system might just be the tip of the iceberg.