States To Zero-In On Tax Cheats As Economy Sags

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Albany, N.Y. (AP) There's one job that isn't going away anytime soon -- the tax collector.

Several states, including New York, Massachusetts, California and Illinois, are beefing up tax enforcement and collection efforts as they face widening budget deficits.

Verenda Smith of the Federation of Tax Administrators says “as their budgets quickly hit the skids and the pressure is on, they're going to be looking to see where those dollars are.”

States hope to take in millions of dollars through the new enforcement measures but it is expected to be a drop in the bucket compared to budget shortfalls some states are facing.

In New York, officials expect the program to yield $30 million a year, a pittance compared to the state's projected $5 billion-plus budget deficit for next year.

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