Taxes comprise almost half the state's total net revenue. The Comptroller's office collects most state taxes directly, some indirectly through third-party remitters. It enforces the state's tax laws and deters tax fraud through its Criminal Investigation Division (CID).
The CID uses three main enforcement methods:
Read how CID’s officers conduct sting operations, stakeouts, inspections and make arrests in this April 2017 Fiscal Notes profile.
The mission of CID is to deter intentional criminal conduct against the state tax laws administered by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. This deterrence is achieved by detecting and investigating felony and misdemeanor tax-related crimes and by informing the public of the results of case prosecution.
The CID's primary deterrent is publicizing pending cases and convictions of tax offenders. This information enables businesses and individuals to protect themselves from tax criminals and serves as a warning to potential tax cheaters and evaders.
In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 855, which requires state agencies to publish a list of the three most commonly used Web browsers on their websites. The Texas Comptroller’s most commonly used Web browsers are Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari.
Jim Harris, Chief of the Texas Comptroller Criminal Investigation Division (CID), graduated from the 254th Session of the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia, on Sept. 20, 2013.
Harris was one of only two graduates from Texas state law enforcement agencies this session. Harris has been with the Comptroller’s office for 10 years, having been promoted to Deputy Chief in 2011. He is the first member of the Comptroller’s CID to have attended the FBI National Academy. The CID investigates and seeks prosecution for tax evasion, tax fraud and other felony and misdemeanor tax-related crimes.
The FBI National Academy Program is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders that offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training for selected officers who have proven records as professionals within their agencies.