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Legislative leaders turn to looming budget debate at annual conference

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana lawmakers tasked with allocating funds in a new two-year budget are concerned that spending on the ailing Department of Child Services will swallow most of the anticipated new revenue, which will be announced Monday. Current estimates show the legislature might have anywhere between $325 million and $375 million in additional […]

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Department of Child Services seeks more money in next budget

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Department of Child Services is seeking about $300 million more annually in funding in the next state budget, making permanent the infusions of additional cash that lawmakers and Gov. Eric Holcomb gave the troubled agency. In 2017, the budget appropriated more than $600 million annually for the 2018 and […]

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Governor unveils 2019 legislative agenda

By Dionte Coleman TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb’s 2019 legislative agenda hits all the big topics he’s been pushing the past two years—workforce development, education, infrastructure and the opioid crisis. He’s even added a few new items to the agenda he announced Thursday at Traders Point Creamery in Zionsville, including increasing teacher pay, though not right […]

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October revenues down, but year-to-date tax collections up

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana’s general fund revenues in October were down nearly 3 percent from the December 2017 forecast and .5 percent below what the state took in during the same period a year ago because individual income tax collections were down. The state’s revenues for October totaled nearly $1.2 billion, or about $35 million […]

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Indiana tax revenues up in September

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s monthly revenue report shows that tax collections exceeded projections in every category in September, with the state bringing in a total of $1.6 billion or 9.2 percent over estimates. That includes corporate tax revenues, which had fallen below projections for most of the past year. But last month they […]

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Department of Revenue upgrade will modernize tax collections

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana’s Department of Revenue has signed a nearly $78 million deal with a Colorado company to upgrade the system it uses to collect taxes from individuals, corporations and others. FAST Enterprises, which has redesigned tax collection systems for other taxing bodies across the country, will replace a system Indiana has been using […]

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Department of revenue commissioner outlines plan to collect sales tax from out-of-state sellers

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — State officials are just over a month away from requiring certain companies who sell goods and services from out-of-state locations in Indiana to register their businesses and agree to follow a new sales tax collection rule. In a discussion arranged by Rep. Gregory Porter, D-Indianapolis, at a State Budget […]

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Shop online? You may be paying sales taxes after Oct. 1

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS—Attention online shoppers: You might soon be paying sales taxes on the goods you buy from out-of-state merchants you access via the internet.   The Indiana Department of Revenue announced Friday that it will begin enforcing a year-old law to collect taxes on out-of-state sales effective Oct. 1, pending a final […]

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New Transparency Portal provides access to state spending, revenue

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Want to know how much tax money Indiana has generated so far this year? Or what about what some of the money is being spent on? State Auditor Tera Klutz has unveiled the updated Indiana Transparency Portal that is designed to give Hoosiers an easier time finding information about finances and assets. […]

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Department of Revenue rebrands to focus on customer service

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Hoosiers are no longer simply taxpayers to the Indiana Department of Revenue. They are customers. Looking at people as more than taxpayers is part of DOR’s efforts to rebrand and refocus its work with five priorities—customer service, culture, compliance, collaboration and continuous improvements. DOR Commissioner Adam Krupp discussed how his agency […]

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