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Topic - Office Of Tax And Revenue
The District's Office of Tax and Revenue failed to collect $6.5 million over a five-year period because it did not charge penalty fees to businesses that owed money — a punitive system now under review because officials said it was too ambiguous to enforce.
A city lawmaker and frequent critic of D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi is calling for a closer look at how the District evaluates people who are hired to work at the Office of Tax and Revenue amid allegations an employee bilked the city for $300,000 in fraudulent tax returns.
Troubles mounted on disparate fronts for D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi on Tuesday with fresh accusations of employee-driven fraud in his office's tax division and an "informal inquiry" from the Securities and Exchange Commission compounding the scrutiny the city's purse-minder has endured for weeks.
D.C. Council members abandoned efforts Thursday to try to recoup roughly $15 million in uncollected taxes as a result of a city agency quietly changing an obscure tax policy in 2007.
A D.C. Council member with oversight of the city's finances says the arrest of a government employee accused of bilking more than $400,000 from the Office of Tax and Revenue shows security reforms are having an effect.