Auditor Bump Testifies in Support of the Revenue Accountability Act

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Address

24 Beacon St., Hearing Room B1, Boston, MA 02133

Contact

Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump

Address

Massachusetts State House, Room 230, Boston, MA 02133

Phone

Overview

Auditor Bump testifying before a legislative committee.

Auditor Suzanne M. Bump will testify before the Joint Committee on Revenue in support of the Revenue Accountability Act, a key piece of her Accountability Agenda.

The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) is tasked with providing independent oversight of entities receiving state funds to ensure they are responsibly using taxpayer dollars. However, it is limited in its ability to provide the same level of scrutiny to the department that collects those tax dollars—the Department of Revenue (DOR). While the OSA is able to audit operational aspects of the DOR—such as how it is protecting filing cabinets and other property from theft or loss—it is unable to conduct audits to ensure DOR is effectively managing activities that are at the heart of the department’s mission—those that deal with collection and oversight of tax revenue. The Revenue Accountability Act will allow the OSA to access tax return information for audit purposes. Examples of the types of audits the OSA could conduct upon passage of this act include: reviewing whether agencies are confirming wage eligibility for public assistance programs, ensuring DOR is garnishing tax returns of individuals who owe delinquent child support, and an examination of whether DOR is properly remitting to municipalities appropriate revenue collected through local option taxes.

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Contact

Address

Massachusetts State House, Room 230, Boston, MA 02133

Phone

Fax

(617) 727-3014

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