A state audit says the Kansas Department of Revenue's $34-million-dollar overhaul of the state's computer operations was not managed properly by the revenue department or the 3M Company.
The audit was released yesterday to a joint Legislative committee. It says the project created a motor vehicle network plagued by technical problems.
Auditors also said implementation of a new driver's license system may be four years too late. The auditors said state revenue department staff did not properly oversee the project, and 3M Company did not deliver services it had promised.
Kansas Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan says June’s tax collections missed estimates by $28 million, pushing the shortfall for the fiscal year that ended Monday to nearly $338 million.
Preliminary figures released Monday showed Kansas collecting nearly $5.5 billion in taxes and fees in fiscal 2014. Forecasters whose projections help the state build its annual budget had expected Kansas to take in about $5.8 billion during the year.
The chairman of the Kansas House Elections Committee says he's disappointed that the Department of Revenue no longer plans to require people to provide proof of legal U.S. residence to renew their driver's licenses.
Olathe Republican Scott Schwab says legislators assumed the driver's license requirement was coming when they enacted a law requiring new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship when registering.
Preparations are underway for tax changes next year. Kansas Department of Revenue staff is working this summer to write the new rules and regulations that will guide the agency as it implements a sweeping series of cuts to the state’s income tax system.
Secretary Nick Jordan says the agency is meeting with accountants and lawyers to discuss the new law and write the policies that will govern how taxes are collected for individuals and businesses.