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Indiana Programming Error Rectified - Counties Receive Funds With Interest


A recent Indiana Department of Revenue programming error prevented $206 million from being distributed to local Indiana counties. As a result, Indiana Department of Revenue Commissioner John Eckart resigned. This week, Governor Mitch Daniels named Mike Alley as the new commissioner to replace Mr. Eckart.

The “…error in the County Statistics Report was discovered by the Office of Management and Budget, which has been engaged in an ongoing review of Department of Revenue reports.” According to a Department of Revenue news release, “[t]he error resulted in counties receiving approximately $13 million per month less than they should have since January 2011.”

The funds were directed to be immediately distributed to each county, along with interest. The amounts due each county were recertified and were distributed by the state auditor on April 5, 2012.

“The programming error was discovered in the generation of the County Statistics Report…. [T]he report failed to capture the amounts due to counties form individual taxpayers who separated their state and county estimated payments when remitting quarterly income tax estimates. Consequently, local option income taxes were under-distributed and State General Fund revenues were overstated.”

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”