A new amnesty program will help those who haven't paid Akron city income taxes...but the city has entered a new program that'll help determine who hasn't come forward with unpaid taxes.
Akron City Council entered an agreement with the Central Collection Agency Monday night to double-check city tax filings, or lack thereof, with federal filings.
City councilman and budget and finance committee chair Gary Moneypenny describes the process.
"The Central Collection Agency offers us an opportunity to compare what people are filing on their taxes with the city, if it matches what they have filed federally," Moneypenny tells AkronNewsNow.com, "or, in some cases, people will file federally, but they won't file with the city."
The city's amnesty program - where those who haven't paid taxes can do so without penalty - continues to run through May 4th.
But for those who haven't come forward, Moneypenny says that the new system could shine a spotlight on them...sort of a "carrot and stick" approach.
"On top of that, we've also by entering this agreement today, increased the chances that those who are not filing, or are filing falsely, are more likely to be caught," Moneypenny tells AkronNewsNow.com.