By Michael Symons May 16, 2017 5:35 PM

TRENTON — State officials are counting on stepped-up enforcement and better responsiveness from its Taxation Division to bring in a few hundred million dollars extra in the budget that Gov. Chris Christie will hand off to his successor.

At a budget hearing Wednesday, state Treasurer Ford Scudder lowered projections of how much in revenue the state will collect over the next 14 months by $336 million. It would have been about $200 million greater if not for the efforts to “modernize” the state Division of Taxation.

Scudder said the state will issue tax bills earlier with follow-up reminders about overdue bills similar to those used by credit card companies, plus make its website easier to use and understand.

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