Audit: New Orleans not collecting unpaid sales taxes in timely manner

A new report says the city of New Orleans is not collecting unpaid sales taxes in a timely manner. The audit states the issue is costing the city thousands of dollars.

The Inspector General's Audit took a random sample of 35 sales tax cases within the Bureau of Revenue and found in a two year period - from 2011 to 2012 – the city had yet to collect close to $1 million.

The report also cites poor follow-through, a lack of recourses and a lack of internal politics as reasons behind the uncollected sales taxes.

The report also states that the compliance division is not keeping very good records or complete audit files. The city states they're working to get a system in place to fix the problems and plan to start using it by the end of this year.

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