Members of the public can make suggestions about changes to the Indiana Department of Revenue’s policies and tax statutes at the department’s annual public hearing Tuesday.
The state Department of Revenue is required by statute to provide citizens an opportunity – once a year at a public forum – to recommend improvements in department procedures and even state tax law.
Despite the fact that most average citizens don’t have a deep understanding of revenue processes and tax laws, department spokesman Bob Dittmer says the annual meetings can be useful. “A number of the attendees have been tax professionals who serve taxpayers and have indeed made recommendations to us that we have considered and, in some cases, enacted,” he says.
The Department of Revenue has come under fire recently for two separate errors that misplaced more than 500 million tax dollars.
But Dittmer says he doesn’t expect a backlash from those mistakes at the meeting. “I think most of the public knows, at this particular point,” he says, “that we are undergoing a serious series of audits of our processes, being conducted by professionals, and those are going to help us preclude those kinds of incidents from happening in the future.”
The forum will be held in downtown Indianapolis in the state government center.