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CARY, N.C. – Just in time for April 15, the tax man is coming with new tools from to check more thoroughly on filings.

The world’s largest privately held software firm that focuses on business intelligence is offering some new services.

“While SAS has worked with departments of revenue for decades, this is the first time we’ve come out with targeted solutions for them,” a SAS spokesperson told Local Tech Wire and WRAL.com.

The new offerings:

•SAS for Government Tax Audits, which is intended to help “state and local revenue departments use analytics to screen and identify tax filings most likely to be underpaid and to effectively prioritize auditing resources.

•SAS for Government Tax Collections, which is designed to help “prioritize the collection of unpaid taxes and predict which actions will provide the highest return.”

Trent Smith, speaking on behalf of SAS, said the company was expanding its tax portfolio before the current recession struck.

“Obviously the current budget challenges have put a heightened focus on closing the tax gap, but SAS was actively developing these solutions prior to the economic downturn as the tax gap exists in both good and bad economies,” Smith explained.

The services are built on SAS Business Analytics Framework.

Foreknowledge is power in improving revenue collections, according to SAS.

“By identifying the people most likely to pay back taxes and focusing on them, or knowing in advance which tax filings are likely to be underpaid, tax and collections agencies can allocate resources in the most effective way,” Smith said.

Among SAS’ recent additions as clients is the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

“These solutions, built on years of expertise with revenue departments, contain advanced analytical models that will help state and local governments maximize scarce resources and combat expanding tax gaps,” said Paula Joshi, general manager for SAS State and Local Government Practice.

SAS is already used in some form by all 50 states and 115 local governments.

Don’t be surprised to see take its offerings worldwide, either.

“The current focus is on the US market, but the solutions are applicable to any domestic or foreign taxing authority,” Smith said.