MACo: Remove Administrative Burden in Property Tax Collection

MACo Legislative Director Kevin Kinnally yesterday submitted testimony to the House Economic Matters Committee in support of HB 647 Corporations and Associations – Fees for Processing Articles of Dissolution, Certificates of Cancellation, and Other Documents – Repeal.

This bill repeals the state processing fee for filing articles of dissolution and certificates of cancellation.

From the MACo Testimony:

Under current law, business entities that file articles of dissolution and certificates of cancellation with SDAT must pay a $100 nonrefundable processing fee. Because SDAT has no enforcement mechanism, particularly with entities that are nearing a point of dissolution, many such entities simply avoid filing articles of dissolution and instead force the Department to commence a lengthy forfeiture process.

In the meantime, county governments may receive inaccurate assessment data, resulting in the issuance of property tax bills to entities that are no longer in business. As a result, county governments expend significant time and resources on fruitless and administratively burdensome attempts to collect delinquent property taxes.

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