To efficiently collect tax revenues in support of State services and programs while acting with integrity and fairness in the administration of the tax laws of New York State.
A key department focus is the balance of efforts to promote voluntary compliance - the cornerstone of the State's system of taxation - with the duty to enforce New York's tax laws. More than 96 percent of the taxes collected are remitted voluntarily by taxpayers. The remaining 4 percent is a result of the department's enforcement programs - audit, collections, and criminal investigations.
The department administers more than 40 state and local taxes and fees, including more than $14 billion in local sales tax and $8 billion in local income tax. In regard to real property taxes, the department oversees the administration of more than $50 billion annually and works directly with nearly 1,000 local governments.
The department is also responsible for the administration of the State's treasury. The Division of the Treasury receives and disburses State funds, and serves as a custodian of special funds. The division is also a joint custodian of State securities with the State Comptroller.
Through agreements with other State agencies, the department collects additional revenues on behalf of individuals and the State, as well as assisting with fraud detection. Examples of joint measures include enforcing the collection of delinquent child support payments and identifying fraud regarding public assistance and unemployment insurance benefits.
Graph titled "Income Tax Refunds Issued: 2013 Calendar Year [2012 Tax year]" A vertical bar on the left shows the number of refunds issued was 7.15 million. A vertical bar on the right shows the dollar amount of refund issued was $8.06 billion.
Graph titled "24.9 million returns processed in 2013". A pie chart shows the percentage and number of returns by tax type: Income, 47%, 11.7 million; Withholding, 35%, 8.6 million; Sales 7%, 1.8 million; MCTMT, 2%, 0.4 million; Corp, 5%, 1.3 million; Other, 4%, 1.1 million.
Graph titled "Taxes Collected by DTF in the 2012-13 Fiscal Year [$87.4Bn Total]. A horizontal bar chart shows the dollar amount of tax collected by tax type: Personal Income, $40.2 billion; Sales, Excise & Use, $13.9 billion; Corporation & Business, $7.6 billion; Other State Taxes, $2.0 billion; Local Sales & Use, $14.2 billion; NYC Income Tax, $8.5 billion, Other Local Taxes,$1.0 billion.
Graph titled "Compliance Continuum”. A table with two rows shows the full continuum of compliance efforts taken by Tax Department and the taxpayer. The first row lists each action taken by the Tax Department to increase compliance. The left side of the lists includes actions that increase voluntary compliance, and are less expensive, and more effective. The right side of the list includes actions that are includes actions that increase involuntary compliance, and are more expensive, and less effective. The full list includes: Propose tax legislation; Publish forms, instructions & guidance; Assist and educate taxpayers; Capture return data & process payments; Resolve errors & issue bills; Resolve protests; Audit, Collection, Litigation; and Criminal Enforcement. The second row lists each action taken by the taxpayer in response to the actions taken by the Tax Department. The full list includes: Learn about tax obligations, Review information; File returns & make payments; Answer questions about filing errors; Review bill & pay or protest; Pay taxes found due and protest; Undergo audit; Collection defense; Litigation defense; and Criminal enforcement defense.