Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (April 1, 2003) - Proof that local governments are using innovative ways to guarantee tax compliance can be found in Florida, where a self-serve kiosk meets all Okalossa County tax payment needs.

This initiative is the first of its kind in Florida to offer a full-range of county and state transactional tax-related services and address growing public demand for government entities to provide convenient, cashless commerce services.

"Citizens today should expect their government to meet their needs anytime and anyplace," said Okaloosa County tax collector Chris Hughes. "Our kiosk complements our current Internet and automated phone services to address those citizens who want to transact business with our office but who experience time constraints or simply are unable to physically come to one of our five offices."

Hughes claims he was one of the first tax collectors in the country to accept tax payments via credit card.

Okaloosa County worked with Nashville-based electronic payment processor Link2Gov Corp. on the project. Info-Touch Technologies, a Burnby, British Columbia-based kiosk software security and management solutions developer, provided the kiosks.

-- Electronic Accountant Newswire staff

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