wayfair

Last year, we discussed the possible effects that a United States Supreme Court ruling in the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair would have on state coffers. The ruling last June means that states are now able to collect sales tax on purchases their citizens make from online retailers, even if those retailers don’t have […]

government-excessive-fees-ic system

State and local governments can no longer impose excessive fees and fines after a Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday, February 20. The unanimous decision reinforces the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution that “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” Fees and fines of this […]

Local-budgets

A couple of recent news stories have highlighted some of the challenges that state and local government entities face in regards to budgeting. When states and municipalities are planning their budgets, it is important that they keep in mind that external factors can present challenges that are largely beyond their control. The recently-ended federal government […]

older government accounts

Most government offices have only a single-tier debt placement strategy with multiple primary agencies. However, after the initial collection period (about 180 days), collection agencies typically slow down their efforts due to the cost involved in pursuing less collectible, older government accounts. This natural decline in work effort means that, as accounts age, they become […]

State-Spending-Hits-Record-High

In fiscal year 2018, the fifty US states collectively spent over $2 trillion, which is the first time that level has been reached. This is according to the latest State Expenditure Report from the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO). The spending was fueled in part by a boost in tax revenue triggered by […]

rainy_day_funds 2 ic system

Rainy day funds can be valuable tools in helping to ease fiscal and economic challenges that are the result of the cyclical nature of the economy. The funds are kept separate from general funds and are intended to be used to amass extra money when available so it can later be used when needed during […]

recession

With several analysts warning that a recession could hit the nation in 2020, state and local government finance officials should be mindful of how their budgets will be affected by federal fiscal conditions. Specifically, a large federal budget deficit, coupled with historically low interest rates, could present challenges to local coffers in the event of […]

IC System - Government-Internal-Debt-Collection-Tips

Much like other types of debt, past-due government accounts generally become more difficult to collect the older the accounts get. When the accounts age to the point where your office can no longer efficiently and effectively collect them, it makes sense to team with a trusted collection partner such as IC System to try to […]

wayfair online shopping IC System

The United States Supreme Court in June ruled in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. that states can collect sales tax on purchases made from retailers that don’t have a physical presence in the state. The ruling overturns decades of legal precedence and is quite significant given the increasing role of online retailers in the modern […]

state-taxes-IC System

More than a decade has passed since the Great Recession started in 2007, marking the worst worldwide economic period since the Great Depression. In the interim, it’s been a slow crawl toward a healthy global market. We’re not entirely there yet. Not every state in the U.S. has turned around, but we’re close. The fourth […]