Technology helps Nebraska tax auditors target non-filers

        Channel 8 Eyewitness News
       LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Taxpayers who have avoided filling a return in Nebraska in recent years could face greater scrutiny thanks to new technology adopted by the state revenue department.
        The Nebraska Department of Revenue is ramping up its efforts to go after non-filers and others who are suspected of owing a large tax debt, using a data analysis service that helps auditors decide where to focus their efforts.
        The department contracted with a Maryland-based data analytics firm as part of a 2014 law to help identify residents and businesses with an outstanding tax liability of at least $5,000.
        Nebraska State Tax Commissioner Tony Fulton says the technology is particularly important given state government’s recent revenue shortfall and hiring freeze, which has forced his department to adapt.