Rev & Tax working with vendors to get more services online

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The Department of Revenue and Taxation is still working to upgrade its systems to get more of its services online in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The Governor carved out $6 million dollars for DRT from the federal CARES Act money the island was allotted earlier this year.

The intent of that funding is more focused on COVID safety and keeping people out of crowded places, DRT being one of those areas.

Dafne Shimizu, the DRT Director, talked about the issue during her address at the Rotary Club today.

She says she’s working with vendors now to get more services online.

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“In addition to the 80 computers which we had procured through the FY 2020 budget, we’re also trying to make sure that we can get additional computers utilizing this money…because again, some of the challenges that we face is, I may have someone that would like to work but they’re sitting at their desk waiting for their system to boot up … or they’re having continuous problems and that causes inefficiencies,” Shimizu said.

As for a timeline, Shimizu says they don’t have exact dates, however, the CARES Act money must be spent by December 30th and she’s hoping to see some of the enhancements take effect early next year.

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