Cook: Small businesses can report duplicative state requirements via new web portal

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Wednesday, July 19, 2017

 

STATEHOUSE (July 19, 2017) – State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) is asking Hoosier employers to help identify duplicative or redundant state reporting requirements using a new online portal.

“Unnecessary state reporting requirements bog down small businesses,” Cook said. “We are asking employers to fill out a survey that will help us improve government efficiency and better our business-friendly environment.”

The web-based survey is the result of legislation Cook voted in favor of this year with the support of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. Cook said the easy-to-use portal is part of an overall effort to further reduce unnecessary government regulations and costs, and streamline processes.

Small-business owners and local governments can now visit www.iedc.in.gov/programs and click on “Duplicative Reporting” to fill out the survey. The form asks the user to identify situations where they are required by state law, rule or guideline to submit similar information to at least two state agencies. Duplicative information can include notifications, tax reports, employment data and other statistical data. Cook said the confidential survey is user-friendly and only takes five minutes to complete.

Earlier this year, U.S. News and World Report ranked Indiana as the best-run state in America based on fiscal responsibility, streamlined operations and enhanced transparency. Cook said he would like to continue the state’s momentum by improving government efficiency, which ultimately saves taxpayer dollars and helps the economy.

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State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) represents House District 32, which includes all of Tipton County and portions of Hamilton, Madison, Delaware, Howard and Grant counties.

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