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

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Thursday, July 20, 2017

STATEHOUSE (July 20, 2017) – State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) is asking Hoosier employers to help identify duplicative or redundant state reporting requirements using a new online portal.

“Employers are our best resource for identifying these issues,” Gutwein said. “They are the ones at the ground level observing first hand time lost due to unnecessary paperwork and red tape that is bogging them down. The survey should help us identify areas with redundancies so that we can eliminate or streamline these processes.”

The web-based survey is the result of legislation Gutwein co-authored this year with the support of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. Gutwein 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. Gutwein 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. As chair of the Select Committee on Government Reduction, Gutwein 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. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) represents House District 16, which includes all of

Pulaski County and portions of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties.

A high-resolution photo of Gutwein can be downloaded by clicking here.