Speakers » Brenda Coone

Brenda Coone

Deputy Commissioner of Revenue, Alabama Department of Revenue, USA

Presenting with: Mark DiFraia and Michael Garcia


Defeating state income tax fraud utilizing digital identity

  • Tax refund fraud totalled more than $7 billion in 2015 and is projected to be $21 billion in 2016;
  • States recognize that the use of strong digital identities are central to defeating this epidemic;
  • Alabama and Georgia are at the forefront of tackling this problem through the use of strong digital identities.


Full synopsis
This panel will discuss the on-going MorphoTrust and National Strategy on Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) funded pilots in Georgia and Alabama to promote strong digital identities and combat state income tax fraud. Attendees will hear first-hand from the leaders of each respective state’s Department of Revenue. Their unique perspective will speak to the utility of strong identity as it pertains to this timely use case. The session will also share pilot adoption rates to date and consumer feedback.

Brenda R. Coone began her career with the Alabama Department of Revenue in 1988.  She was appointed Deputy Commissioner for the Alabama Department of Revenue effective November 16, 2015.  Brenda is responsible for overseeing the Property Tax, Information Technology, Business & License Tax, and Processing Divisions, as well as the Business Registration Unit in the department.

Prior to this appointment, Brenda served for approximately 10 years as the Director of the Motor Vehicle Division. She was responsible for administering the motor vehicle title, registration, and mandatory liability insurance laws. Additionally, she administered the dealer licensing law, the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) and International Registration Plan (IRP).

Brenda earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Alabama State University and a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management from Troy State University in Montgomery.

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