Counties Will Use State’s Track-and-Trace to Catch Tax Cheats

Santa Barbara County will enter into a memorandum of understanding with the state Department of Food and Agriculture for use of its track-and-trace system.

Over a period of two months, the county will review 250 licensed businesses in unincorporated areas to see if their tax revenues match the number of plants in their inventory. The goal: to find growers who are avoiding taxes by selling their product on the black market.

The counties of Monterey and Yolo are also participating in the pilot program, Coastal View reports.

Santa Barbara Officials have gotten serious about clamping down on tax cheats. It appears to be working. The number of licensed growers who failed to report their gross revenues dropped in the most recent quarter. Those who don’t pay their fair share of county taxes risk losing their letter of authorization for state business licenses.

Read more about the track-and-trace pilot program here