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State chooses Fast's GenTax to upgrade tax system

RAYMOND — Fast Enterprises announced that the State of Mississippi has selected the company and its GenTax commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software product as the Mississippi Department of Revenue’s solution for a modernized and completely integrated tax and revenue system.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The project, known as the Mississippi Automated Revenue System, or MARS, involves software installation, data conversion services, technical support, agency-specific system configuration, user testing, functional and technical training and post-implementation support services.

The Mississippi Department of Revenue, which collects more than $6.5 billion annually for the support of state and local government services, has described its existing systems as being inefficient and ineffective for the administration of a modern tax agency. Most of these existing systems, designed and initially implemented in the 1970s, do not have taxes integrated into a single, unified system and can be difficult to manage and maintain due to their age, file structure, and interfacing limitations.

The GenTax-based MARS project will replace Mississippi’s current legacy applications with a comprehensive and fully integrated solution to manage over 40 tax and license programs for business and individual taxpayers. In addition to supporting the full suite of tax and revenue business functions for the agency, the solution will provide taxpayers with Internet services, will include the GenTax Data Warehouse for loading, mining and managing data from multiple external sources and will utilize the GenTax Discovery module for audit selection, fraud detection and tracking suspected noncompliance cases.

“We have needed to update our technology for some time,” said Ed Morgan, commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Revenue, “and we are grateful that our state’s leaders have recognized this need and have provided funding for us to improve our computing technology.”

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