Huge tax error costs Suffolk County sales tax revenue

(AP) - Long Island officials say a mammoth error in a single state tax return is costing Suffolk County $5 million in sales tax revenue.

County budget officials said the taxpayer listed that $10million in sales tax was owed on out-of-state Internet purchases.

The county's chief budget aide, Connie Corso, said the taxpayerhad meant to write $1,000.

County budget aides say the $10 million figure should haveraised a red flag because the taxpayer would have had to spend $116million in purchases.

The state Department of Taxation and Finance said it could notimmediately comment on how the mistake was overlooked and how itwas discovered.

The error reduced first-quarter tax receipts by nearly half.

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