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Feb. 6, 2013 9:30 am

City to spend $40M targeting tax deadbeats, including update to 90s-era Revenue Department technology

Mayor Michael Nutter announced this week a $40 million, multi-year effort to target tax deadbeats. One of the effort’s main strategies involves upgrading the Revenue Department‘s tax software, which hasn’t been updated since 1993, the Philadelphia City Paper reported. “The new software would integrate data from other agencies, identifying individuals who pay other taxes, such […]

A map of tax delinquencies as of April 2012.

Mayor Michael Nutter announced this week a $40 million, multi-year effort to target tax deadbeats. One of the effort’s main strategies involves upgrading the Revenue Department‘s tax software, which hasn’t been updated since 1993, the Philadelphia City Paper reported.

“The new software would integrate data from other agencies, identifying individuals who pay other taxes, such as federal taxes, but don’t pay what they owe to the city,” the City Paper reported.

The Nutter administration expects the effort to collect $260 million more in taxes by 2018.

Read more about the Nutter administration’s plan over at the City Paper. The City Paper also points out that the city’s website that is meant to list tax delinquent city employees is down.

The city’s property tax collection troubles have been well documented by a Philadelphia Inquirer/Plan Philly series.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Technically Philly in July 2012. Previously, she was a city services beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, as part of a project called “It’s Our Money.” She is learning to drive, learning to bike (in the city) but is an expert at taking SEPTA. She grew up in North Jersey and Manila, Philippines but she left the tropics for Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in linguistics. She now lives in West Philly.

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