BOISE -- Idaho tax officials say the state needs to invest $5.2 million for a major computer upgrade in its tax collection system.

The Spokesman-Review reports the Idaho Tax Commission plans to pitch the upgrade to lawmakers in January as an improvement that could pay for itself within a year. That's because officials say the upgrade will allow the state to better pursue those who file fraudulent returns or who owe tax lien debt.

David Langhorst, the current chairman of the Tax Commission, spoke at the commission's annual meeting on Tuesday. He said the commission is working toward a more open and transparent way of doing business.

Division administrator Doreen Warren says if the current system isn't modernized it will become difficult to maintain and could hamper future tax collection efforts.

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