Proposed Mesa Program Would Give Late Taxpayers A 'Break'

Published: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 6:47am
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Mesa hopes to coax late taxpayers to settle their bill with the city by getting rid of penalties and reducing interest payments.

City staff has proposed a tax amnesty program that would take place from June 1 to July 31, 2017.

The program would waive penalties and cut interest payments in half if people paid their outstanding balance.

“It gives them a break,” said Mesa revenue collections supervisor Patti Oskvarek. 

Mesa staff estimate the city could net $630,00 if even 80 percent of people pay up.

“It’s targeted at anybody that has a business, whether it’s a corporation, an LLC or an individual,” Oskvarek said. “It's also for people that may not have a license and haven’t filed any returns and want to come forward.”

A presentation to Mesa’s Audit, Finance and Enterprise Committee cited Tucson’s success in collecting $2 million because of a tax amnesty program offered in 2015.

The committee approved the program and it now awaits a vote in city council.

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