231-13 Director; examination, investigation, and collection. (a) The director of taxation shall be responsible for the collection and general administration of all delinquent taxes. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, the director, by contract, may select and retain bonded collection agencies, licensed attorneys, accountants, and auditors or other persons for the purpose of assessment, enforcement, or collection of taxes from persons subject to the provisions of title 14 administered by the department.

(b) At the option of the director, any contract entered into under this section may provide for compensation on:

(1) A fixed price basis;

(2) An hourly rate basis with or without a fixed cap; or

(3) A contingent fee arrangement to be specified in the contract; provided that this paragraph shall not apply to auditors and accountants.

All compensation shall be payable out of the taxes recovered for the State or from the debtor in accordance with the terms of, and up to the amount authorized by the contract, unless otherwise determined by the director. [L 1933, c 135, 2; RL 1935, 1966; am L 1937, c 241, 1; RL 1945, 5118; RL 1955, 115-18; am L Sp 1959 2d, c 1, 16; HRS 231-13; am L 1982, c 88, 2; gen ch 1985; am L 1990, c 34, 3; am L 1997, c 253, 1; am L 1999, c 68, 1; am L 2013, c 93, 1, 4]



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