Connecticut's tax commissioner says his agency has unearthed about $85.8 million in uncollected tax revenue.
Kevin Sullivan, who oversees the state's Department of Revenue Services, said Monday funds were tracked down as part of a challenge from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the General Assembly to close the state's so-called tax gap. That's the amount of tax revenue the state is not collecting and doesn't know about, such as cash-only businesses that avoid paying sales taxes.
Sullivan said the $85.8 million collected exceeds the agency's goal of rounding up $75 million.
The agency was able to find some of the uncollected revenue by using newly available federal tax data . It also refused issuing sales tax permit renewals to delinquent taxpayers, retrained its collection staff and added mobile field audit capabilities.
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