New York state’s Department of Taxation and Finance has simplified its sales-tax system, with state businesses next week able to perform all sales-tax filings and reporting through its online system.
“Eliminating paper saves taxpayers dollars and improves service to the business community,” said Commissioner Thomas Mattox. “This new system builds on our over-expanding platform of online services and enables faster and more efficient processing. It’s good for taxpayers, it’s good for businesses, and it’s good for local governments that rely on sales tax revenues to deliver services and pay their bills.”
Department spokesman Cary Ziter says the new online system will build on the program under development for the past several years, which has allowed more and more information to be uploaded into the state data system. Going to an all-inclusive online system will save businesses for having to write checks and send reports through the postal system. And it will spare the state from have to warehouse the paper reports in state storage facilities.
Ziter says the department has worked with businesses leaders from across the state to develop the system, and focus it on customer service.
“The taxpayers, CPAs and advocacy groups have been providing input,” he says. “We’re looking forward to going online next week.”