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Preliminary Recommendation 42

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Preliminary Recommendation 42

Preliminary Recommendation 50:

    The Revenue Key Committee of the Idaho 2020 Blue Ribbon Task Force should discuss

    and consider recommending a “sun set provision” for all tax exemptions.

Classification:

     Immediate. (0 2 years.)

     Short-term. (2 5 years.)

     Long-term. (> 5 years.)

     Additional research or action by

     Refer to Revenue Key Committee

     No further consideration at this time.

    Basis for recommendation:

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Minority Opinion(s):

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Questions, notes, and action items:

Preliminary Recommendation 51:

    The Revenue Key Committee of the Idaho 2020 Blue Ribbon Task Force should study

    and consider recommending an amnesty program which would allow taxpayers entering

    the program to pay taxes in arrears while avoiding penalties and interest.

Classification:

     Immediate. (0 2 years.)

     Short-term. (2 5 years.)

     Long-term. (> 5 years.)

     Additional research or action by

     Refer to Revenue Key Committee

     No further consideration at this time.

Basis for recommendation:

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Minority Opinion(s):

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    Questions, notes, and action items:

     Preliminary Recommendation 52:

    The Revenue Key Committee of the Idaho 2020 Blue Ribbon Task Force should study

    and consider the initiatives proposed by Co-Chairman, J.D. Williams, regarding:

    Accounts Receivable Offset; Better Reporting Solutions; Activity-Based Costing; and

    Agency-Based Accounting Systems.

Classification:

     Immediate. (0 2 years.)

     Short-term. (2 5 years.)

     Long-term. (> 5 years.)

     Additional research or action by

     Refer to Revenue Key Committee

     No further consideration at this time.

Basis for recommendation:

    While these proposed initiatives address performance and have the potential of affecting

    government organization and structure, they are more heavily weighted toward revenue

    and expenditures. It is requested that the Revenue Key Committee analyze the initiatives

    from a financial perspective and, thereafter, advise the Government Organization and

    Structure Key Committee of any organizational changes which might be necessary in

    order for Revenue Key Committee recommendations to be implemented.

    Steve Allision, of the Office of the State Controller, should be able to answer questions

    related to these proposed initiatives.

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    Minority Opinion(s):

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    Questions, notes, and action items:

Preliminary Recommendation 54:

    Outsource some audit activities for the Tax Commission.

     ??? Please note: This recommendation originated as part of a suggestion contained

    in the Feedback directed to the Idaho 2020 Blue Ribbon Task Force compiled 11/01/2002.

    The original text of the relevant portion of the suggestion follows Minority Opinions.

    ???

Classification:

     Immediate. (0 2 years.)

     Short-term. (2 5 years.)

     Long-term. (> 5 years.)

     Additional research or action by

     Refer to Revenue Key Committee

     No further consideration at this time.

Basis for recommendation:

    Taking advantage of contract and retired employees’ expertise, the state could save

    money and improve efficiency.

Advantages:

    ; Contract employees are not paid benefits.

    ; Previous employees with tax expertise could add value.

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Disadvantages:

    ; Contract employee benefits are paid by the contractor whose bid includes benefit

    costs.

    ; Previous employees may have no interest in contracting.

    ; Additional workload for existing employees.

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Budget Impact:

    ; Unknown.

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Risks:

    ; Unknown.

Obstacles:

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Alternatives:

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Minority Opinion(s):

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Original Text of Suggestion:

    ; Another program I have been trying to develop is outsourcing some audit activities for the

    Tax Commission. This could be accomplished on a outsourcing, contract basis. The State

    would benefit by having the expertise of the retired employee and receive dedicated work

    time for maximum return. There would be no benefits paid to these people.

Questions, notes, and action items:

Preliminary Recommendation 58:

    Devote additional employees and resources to the Idaho State Tax Commission.

     ??? Please note: This recommendation originated suggestion contained in the

    Feedback directed to the Idaho 2020 Blue Ribbon Task Force compiled 11/01/2002. The

    original text of the suggestion follows Minority Opinions. ???

Classification:

     Immediate. (0 2 years.)

     Short-term. (2 5 years.)

     Long-term. (> 5 years.)

     Additional research or action by

     Refer to Revenue Key Committee

     No further consideration at this time.

    Basis for recommendation:

    Additional resources devoted to the Idaho State Tax Commission have resulted in

    increase collections.

Advantages:

    ; Increased revenue

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Disadvantages:

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Budget Impact:

    ; Increased revenue

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Alternatives:

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Minority Opinion(s):

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    Original Text of Suggestion:

    ; Now we have a capitol building that is protected by petunias in cement pots that take up valuable parking space….It looks ridiculous to residents and is a real joke to visitors who are touring the capitol. They also cannot take a guided tour if they drop in because [Governor Kempthorne] cut that out….

    Get rid of the high paid employees who have nothing to contribute to bringing money into the budget….

    I would flood the tax commission with employees and get that money rolling in….

    The general population of state employees haven’t had raises for years but by golly those good buddies at the top get their raises every year. State employees actually took a cut in pay this year due to benefits being reduced such as insurance copays and deductibles. Crime is up, rent is high, salaries are low, education is poor, utility companies keep raising rates, the phone company & cable company are ripping this state off, transportation is a fast growing problem. The governor takes a group and goes on a trip to Asia….Some people did

    get good connections to move their business out of this country though causing layoffs and a financial ripple throughout the Treasure Valley. How much money did that bring to our state? Didn’t that joy trip happen at a time when economy was sooo bad?…

    People in towns surrounding Boise don’t have [emissions testing] but drive their cars to Boise because they work and shop here. How does that control pollution if it only happens in one county of the state? Get my drift on how stupid things are here?…

    How many state employees are on the task force. How many union representatives are on the task force? Another waste of time and money.

    Questions, notes, and action items:

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