By checking customer data against retailer tax returns, wholesaler records and other sources, the state hopes to find retailers who either fail to collect or remit the sales taxes due.
New York has been "data mining" for more than 10 years to collect more information and tax from businesses and individuals. This intrusive attack is part of the State's desperate attempt to collect more tax. The article reports:
NEARLY A DECADE OF MINING DATA
New York's approach to mining data began in 2003 with a goal of improving tax return audits. In the near-decade since, its systems have saved the state more than $2 billion, of which $442 million came in during 2011, the Taxation Department said.
Over the years the sy…