OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-5585

AN ACT ESTABLISHING AND FUNDING A STATE PARKS SUSTAINABILITY ACCOUNT.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 5062

File Copy No.: 421

House Calendar No.: 286

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Department of Revenue Services

GF - Potential Cost

120,284

64,284

Comptroller- Fringe Benefits1

GF - Potential Cost

25,675

25,675

Department of Revenue Services

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

less than 100,000

less than 100,000

Department of Revenue Services

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

Minimal

Minimal

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment requires certain permittees transporting alcohol into the state to file a monthly report with the Department of Revenue Services (DRS), and establishes a $1,000 fine for violation of the requirement. The report must, among other things, identify the name and address of each person or entity delivering and receiving the alcohol.  This results in an estimated on-going potential cost of $89,959 ($64,284 in salary and $25,675 for fringe costs) annually associated with one Revenue Examiner I within the DRS to receive and verify the information in the report, as well as a one-time cost of $60,000 in FY 17 associated with programming costs to incorporate the report into the online Taxpayer Service Center and agency Integrated Tax Administration System.  It should be noted that the amendment requires that these provisions be performed within available appropriations. It does not appear this mandates that the agency perform the activity regardless of available funding, therefore the cost is potential.

To the extent the reporting requirement results in increased compliance with alcoholic liquor tax laws, there is also a potential revenue gain which is anticipated to be less than $100,000 annually.

The amendment also expands existing alcohol law violations for which fines are currently levied, which results in a potential minimal revenue gain.

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.

1 The fringe benefit costs for most state employees are budgeted centrally in accounts administered by the Comptroller. The estimated active employee fringe benefit cost associated with most personnel changes is 39.94% of payroll in FY 17 and FY 18.