Gov. Pat Quinn's budget proposal lays the groundwork for the hiring of 75 more auditors at
the Illinois Department of Revenue who will work to collect lost taxes
from people who have shortchanged the state tax system.
the state's grim fiscal picture, Department of Revenue officials stressed that the extra
staff would not be a financial burden on Illinois because, "Every auditor we hire finds $8 in taxes for every $1 they earn,” Revenue spokeswoman Sue Hofer told the AP.
Currently, the state's auditing division has 491 employees with 118 of them working from other states.
The new hires will help keep the division at a steady level as about 77
auditors and 23 supervisors are set to retire June 30.
Hofer told the AP that if the new auditors aren't trained, the state could lose a large amount of tax revenue.
Under Quinn's plan, the new auditors would be hired in the fiscal year starting July 1.