HERNDON, Va., June 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- EDS has been awarded a $42.8 million, four-and-a-half year contract by the Ohio Department of Taxation to modernize the Ohio State Tax and Revenue System. The new State Taxation Accounting and Revenue System (STARS) will simplify and streamline tax services to Ohio's citizens and collect state taxes more efficiently. EDS' U.S. state and local government subsidiary, Saber Government Solutions, will provide the contract services and solutions. The Ohio Department of Taxation is responsible for taxpayer registration, returns and remittance processing, taxpayer accounting and billing, non-filer discovery, selection and management of audits, processing assessments, administering taxpayer appeals, revenue accounting and distribution of tax proceeds to local governments within the state. The STARS project will improve agency productivity, reporting, compliance efforts and customer service. Under the STARS contract, EDS will consolidate 23 major state tax types from 27 different legacy applications and databases into a single application to give the state a better understanding of its citizens and businesses. Additionally, EDS will leverage Oracle's Enterprise Taxation Management solution to implement tax changes more easily and quickly. The Oracle solution will provide the Department of Taxation with a flexible and configurable tax and revenue system that will allow the state to implement new and additional taxes with no additional software fees. The STARS solution also includes program management, electronic data management, system integration, data conversion, training, documentation, managed server, and storage services. To support ongoing improvement and long- term growth of the system, Department of Taxation employees will receive training and hands-on support, enabling them to maintain and expand the use of STARS as needed. "We look forward to working with the Ohio Department of Taxation to support their growing tax and revenue management needs," said Dennis Stolkey, vice president and general manager, EDS U.S. Government and Public Sector. "Our solution is based on technology that will support Ohio for many years and be maintained by the Department's staff, and will provide the state with the flexibility to more easily accommodate future tax changes." About EDS EDS (NYSE: EDS) is a leading global technology services company delivering business solutions to its clients. EDS founded the information technology outsourcing industry 46 years ago. Today, EDS delivers a broad portfolio of information technology and business process outsourcing services to clients in the manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, communications, energy, transportation, and consumer and retail industries and to governments around the world. Learn more at eds.com.
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