State Board of Tax Examiners May Be in Jeopardy

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN -- A state advisory panel has recommended abolishing the Board of Tax Professional Examiners.

In a report to lawmakers, the Sunset Advisory Commission says the 25-year-old agency is ineffective in overseeing local officials who oversee billions in property taxes.

The board is charged with registering local tax officials and monitoring compliance. Scrutiny of the board has intensified as taxpayers become increasingly frustrated with rising property appraisals.

The Sunset report says the agency has only four workers, no investigators and conducts only limited inquiries on taxpayer complaints. The report goes on to recommend turning the agency's duties over to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

The Sunset Advisory Commission reviews the performance of state agencies.

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