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

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Thursday, July 20, 2017

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

“As a small-business owner, I know that redundant state reporting requirements can cause unnecessary paperwork with a result of lost work time,” Olthoff said. “I would encourage all employers to visit this online portal to answer questions about state reporting requirements. We hope this study will help us to consolidate the reporting process for Hoosier businesses.”

The web-based survey is the result of legislation Olthoff voted in favor of this year with the support of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. Olthoff 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. Olthoff 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 a member of the House Committee on Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development, Olthoff said she 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. Julie Olthoff represents House District 19,

which includes a portions of Lake and Porter counties.

 

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