Proactive Arizona County Proposes to Police Sales Tax
- Jan 16, 2012 | Susan McLain
The Yavapai County Development Services department (responsible for zoning enforcement) has come up with a solution to ensuring businesses are registered and collecting sales tax. According to a report in The Daily Courier, “Development Services Department Director Steve Mauk said the plan would bring revenue to Yavapai County more quickly than simply reporting violators to the Arizona Department of Revenue.”
Why do they feel it would do that? Senior Planner Tammy DeWitt says “…zoning officials often spot the violations” and by adding the ability for a business who is not in compliance to be processed through the hearing officer will make things move faster.
"We're not stepping into the state's role," Mauk said. "It's a land use issue in that, if we are out approving an activity that we know is in violation of the law, then we are in violation of our own ordinances." In addition, “Mauk also pointed out that many of the complaints …are from the business community; companies that hold a license and pay sales taxes feel they suffer from unfair competition by businesses that do not pay.”
And if Mauk is correct that the Department of Revenue is short-handed, this may be a win-win situation. As Mauk says, “the sooner it’s (sales tax licensing) is enforced, the sooner we get (Yavapai county’s share) of the resulting taxes.”