Better tax collection to fund overhaul

Better tax collection to fund overhaul

Virginia's Taxation Department is overhauling its computer system in a five-year project with a special wrinkle for the commonwealth: The $123 million cost of its contract with American Management Systems Inc. of Fairfax, Va., will be paid from formerly uncollectable taxes.

Robert Shultze, assistant commissioner of the department and director of the project, said AMS has been submitting invoices to Virginia that will be paid out of a Technology Partnership Fund made up of additional tax revenue collected as a result of the overhaul project.

The department's existing system relies on an Amdahl Corp. mainframe running IBM OS/390 Version 2.7, applications written in MVS Cobol and an IBM IMS Release 5.1 database.

The department intends to convert to two Hewlett-Packard V-Class servers, each with eight PA-8600 processors running at 550 MHz. The system will use Hewlett-Packard's HP-UX 11.0 and Oracle8 Release 8.1.5. It also will use AMS' Integrated Revenue Management System application, which was written using Powerbuilder 7.0.

State worker will use a combination of Compaq DeskPro and iPaq computers to link to the Hewlett-Packard servers and Oracle database, Schultze said. The DeskPros have 500-MHz Pentium III processors, 256K of RAM and 10G hard drives, and the iPaqs have 733-MHz Pentium III processors, 256K of RAM and 20G hard drives.

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