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Figuring out if and where there is sales tax revenue missing may be as easy as cross-checking local and state lists of businesses.
County leaders in Georgia are concerned that not all businesses are submitting sales taxes. In these tough economic times, counties need all the revenues they can collect to help balance budgets. To figure out where there may be missing funds, four counties participated in a pilot in which county lists of business licenses were cross-checked with the state department of revenue's list of businesses with sales tax accounts. In Hall County, almost 1,000 businesses were not present on the department of revenue's list, reports The Gainesville Times , suggesting that there are businesses not submitting sales tax to the state. House Democratic Leader DuBose Porter estimated that the amount of tax missing could equate to $250 million, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Hall County officials are using some of the findings in the pilot study to encourage local sales tax collecting (since the state currently collects taxes). (Photo: House of Sims on Flickr)