Commissioner of the Revenue
The Commissioner of the Revenue is the chief assessing officer for the City of Williamsburg. The Commissioner is a constitutional officer as set forth in the Constitution of Virginia and holds office as an agent of the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as local government. It is an elected position chosen directly by the citizens of Williamsburg to serve a four-year term.
To exceed expectations of the citizens of Williamsburg by providing fair and equitable service to the taxpayers of the City of Williamsburg in accordance with the Virginia State Code and Williamsburg City Ordinances while protecting the confidential information entrusted to this office. We pledge to listen to the needs and concerns of our constituents, to be uniform in our methods and to have open and transparent business practices.
To remain fair and equitable while continually improving methods in accordance with legislative updates, technological advances and the needs of the community.
Code of Ethics
It is the policy of the Commissioner of the Revenue to conform and comply with the Code of Ethics as adopted by the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO).
Disclosure of Official Tax Information
Section 58.1-3 of the Code of Virginia
Section 58.1-3 of the Code of Virginia requires that:
Any person to whom tax information is divulged pursuant to this section shall be subject to the prohibitions and penalties prescribed herein as though he were a tax official.
Section 7213 of the Internal Revenue Code
Section 7213 of the Internal Revenue Code requires that:
It shall be unlawful for ...any person...or former officer or employee, willfully to disclose to any person, except as authorized it this title, any return or return information. Any violation of this paragraph shall be a felony punishable upon conviction by a fine in any the amount not exceeding $5,000, or imprisonment of not more than 5 years, or both, together with the costs of prosecution.
Section 7213(A) of the Internal Revenue Code
Section 7213(A) of the Internal Revenue Code prohibits unauthorized inspections and provides the basis for the regulation better known as the Taxpayer Browsing Protection Act. Section (A) states:
It shall be unlawful for any person willfully to inspect, except as authorized by this title, any return information acquired. Any violation of this subsection shall be punishable upon conviction by a fine in any amount not exceeding $1,000, or imprisonment of not more than 1 year, or both, together with the costs of prosecution.
In addition, any person who makes an unauthorized disclosure of confidential tax information may incur personal liability for damages to the injured party.
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