GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The governor awarded the cities of Grand Rapids, Flint, and Lansing $550,000 to help consolidate how much income tax paperwork is filed by the cities.
Grand Rapids, Flint and Lansing are part of an cooperative program that aims to decrease operating costs by cutting how much hard copy income tax paperwork is filed in each city.
The program is scheduled to start in 2012.
The money awarded by the governor will go towards the purchase of Image Character Recognition technology to process hard copy tax returns, which will decrease the amount of manpower needed for manual data entry.
According to the city, City Income Tax Administrator said that the project "is projected to save Grand Rapids taxpayers approximately $1,322,817 over nine years by reducing operating costs."
Flint and Lansing will also invest in electronic storage of returns, which makes accessing returns easier for residents. Grand Rapids already offers this option.
Any of the 22 cities in Michigan that have a local income tax are able to join the partnership.
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