Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway issued a subpoena to the Department of Revenue on Wednesday with the aim of forcing the agency to turn over information on how it manages income tax refunds.
Galloway requested the information six weeks ago for an ongoing audit and said she hadn’t received anything.
“The governor and his Department of Revenue are not being transparent with taxes,” Galloway said Wednesday. “If the new administration intends to operate behind a wall of secrecy, I will use the full authority of my office to ensure transparency and accountability.”
State law entails that income tax refunds must be paid out within 45 days of being filed or else the state must pay interest. Galloway said the department is willing to provide information for previous fiscal years but not for the current tax year.
The Department of Revenue has until April 28 to provide the documents. If not, Galloway will seek an order of the court to allow the Cole County Circuit Court to compel them.