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Georgia proposes $5M investment to find tax cheats

Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia leaders are considering a roughly $5 million investment in new technology as part of their effort to identify tax cheats.

A spending plan proposed by Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and approved by House lawmakers would spend that money on a first-of-its-kind database. The database would identify people fraudulently applying for tax rebates.

Tax officials say people wrongly claimed about $75 million in tax rebates during the year ending in June because they either made mistakes or were trying to defraud authorities.

Republican Rep. Larry O'Neal, the House majority leader, described the funding as the next step in a cheating crackdown that began with hiring more tax officials. He said that if everyone pays their fair share of taxes, the state could potentially tax less overall.

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