Posts Tagged ‘taxation’

Sandoval Appoints New Taxation Chief

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 3:51 pm August 31st, 2011

CARSON CITY — Gov. Brian Sandoval today announced he has named William Chisel as Director of the Nevada Department of Taxation, effective Monday, September 12th.

“Bill Chisel’s experience as Chief of Internal Audits uniquely prepares him to serve as Director of the Department of Taxation,” Governor Sandoval said in a press release. “Bill has an in-depth understanding of the state’s budget, management and operations and will be able to lead the Department to efficiently collect revenues owed the state, while working closely with the taxpaying businesses who comprise his new customer base. I particularly wanted accounting expertise in this leadership post, so Bill’s credential as a Certified Public Accountant played an important factor in my decision.”

Chris Nielsen, who had been serving as Interim Director, will return to his post as Deputy Director of the Department.

William Chisel, currently Chief of the Division of Internal Audits, assisted in developing the 2012-2013 performance based budget. The governor’s office says Chisel’s recommendations resulted in about $145 million in taxpayer benefits over the last three years and increased the significance of audit findings from $1 to $55 million per year.

Prior to his current position, Chisel was a Senior Auditor at the Nevada Gaming Control Board where he managed the Audit Division’s Northern Nevada research and development department. A graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, Chisel is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Gov.-elect Sandoval Names Three Additional Members To His Administration

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 11:02 am December 16th, 2010

CARSON CITY – Gov.-elect Brian Sandoval announced today he plans to appoint Terry Johnson as director of the Nevada Department of Business and Industry in his administration. 

Sandoval also announced he will reappoint Teresa Thienhaus as director of the Personnel Department and Dino DiCianno as executive director of the Department of Taxation.

Johnson has 15 years of experience in state and local government administration.

Sandoval said Johnson will be a valuable asset to the agency and will help his administration make Nevada an even more business-friendly state.

“As the director of administration in the Clark County District Attorney’s Office and an experienced state agency administrator, Terry has the experience and the know-how to get the job done,” Sandoval said.

Previously the director of the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation where he directed all daily and long-term strategic planning and management functions for the department, Johnson also served as a state labor commissioner for five years. In 1996, Johnson was an assistant business advocate at B&I in the Office of Business Finance and Planning.

Sandoval said he is pleased that Thienhaus and DiCianno will continue in his administration.

“With their years of experience, I know that each will be a strong advocate for bringing change to state government while ensuring the missions of their departments are carried out,” he said.

Thienhaus is a former senior deputy attorney general for the state of Nevada. She served as the primary personnel attorney for the Department of Transportation and the Department of Business and Industry.

DiCianno, a native Nevadan, previously served as deputy director of the Tax Department. He also has 10 years of experience in the Division of Assessment Standards as the supervisor of Centrally Assessed Properties.

Nevada’s New Tax Amnesty Program Brings In $3.4 Million So Far

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 5:17 pm July 28th, 2010

CARSON CITY – A new tax amnesty program initiated July 1 by the Nevada Department of Taxation has brought in $3.4 million in previously uncollected revenue through Tuesday, with just over two more months to go.

Dino DiCianno, executive director of the state tax agency, said about $2.7 million of the total collected so far is sales taxes, another $500,000 is modified business taxes and the remainder is smaller amounts covering liquor, live entertainment, tobacco, business licenses and other levies included in the amnesty.

DiCianno said about $1.2 million in penalty and interest charges associated with the tax payments have been waived as part of the amnesty program.

The amnesty program, which will run for three months, was approved by the Legislature in a special session in February as a way to help close an $800 million gap in the general fund budget.

The amnesty, which will allow taxpayers to pay taxes owed without any interest or penalties, is projected to bring in an estimated $10 million to the cash-strapped state general fund.

The total tax generated so far will not all flow to the state’s general fund. Some of the tax revenue will go to support public schools and local governments.

A previous amnesty authorized by Gov. Jim Gibbons in 2008 brought in more than $27 million. It only covered sales and use taxes, business license fees and modified business taxes.

The new amnesty program, as approved in Assembly Bill 6 of the 2010 special session, is broader, including cigarette taxes, liquor taxes, insurance premium taxes and other levies.

The one-time amnesty is for businesses and individuals who owe taxes that were due before July 1, 2010 and have not been paid. The program will allow penalty and interest to be waived provided the outstanding tax debt is paid in full during the amnesty period.

Certain restrictions apply to taxpayers who have already entered into settlement agreements or offers in compromise with the Nevada Department of Taxation.

Nevada’s Taxable Sales Edge Down In May After Rare Up Month in April

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 2:30 pm July 27th, 2010

CARSON CITY – Nevada’s taxable sales fell 1.9 percent in May over May 2009, a decline following April which saw the first positive month for the economic indicator in 20 months, the state Department of Taxation reported today.

May statewide taxable sales totaled $3.1 billion compared to $3.2 billion in May 2009.

Taxable sales are down just over 11 percent so far for the 2010 fiscal year, which ended June 30. One more month of collections, from June, must still be reported for the year.

Clark County taxable sales were down 1.4 percent in May to $2.3 billion, while Washoe County sales were off by 3.8 percent and totaled $425 million.

The largest increases in statewide taxable sales were seen in the categories of accommodations, up 23 percent; clothing and clothing accessories stores, up 10.7 percent; electronics and appliance stores, up 15.8 percent; professional scientific and technical services, up 19.3 percent; and telecommunications, up 14 percent.

Home furniture and furnishings also saw an increase in May, up 6.2 percent over May 2009.

Other major taxable sales categories were down in May, including the construction industry classification by 31.6 percent;, merchant wholesalers- durable goods, off 11.1 percent; motor vehicles and parts dealers, down 1.7 percent; general merchandise stores, off 0.3 percent; and food and beverage stores, down 7.2 percent. Bars and restaurants were down 0.7 percent.

Twelve of Nevada’s 17 counties recorded a decrease in taxable sales for May 2010 compared to May 2009. Esmeralda, Eureka, Lincoln, Pershing and White Pine counties recorded positive taxable sales for the period.

Gross revenue collections from sales and use taxes amounted to $248 million for May 2010 which represents a 3.3 percent increase compared to May 2009, and a 5.8 percent decrease for the eleven months of fiscal year 2010. Of this amount, approximately $2.7 million was collected under an amnesty program.

Compared to the January 2010 Economic Forum projections, the general fund portion of the sales and use taxes is 3.2 percent, or $21.5 million, above the forecast for the first 11 months of fiscal year 2010.

Gov. Jim Gibbons said Nevada’s taxable sales reports are showing signs of improvement, with six successive months of positive or single-digit declines after more than a year of double-digit declines.

“This administration remains committed to addressing these challenges by streamlining operations, improving customer services and maximizing the use of taxpayer dollars,” he said.

Improved Service From State Agencies Anticipated With New One-Stop Business Portal

By Sean Whaley | 3:14 pm July 15th, 2010

CARSON CITY – Companies seeking to establish themselves in Nevada should soon find a more business-like process in place to file paperwork and pay fees to the state to get up and running.

By early next year, a “business portal” unique to Nevada is expected to be operating through the Secretary of State’s office. The portal ultimately is expected to give businesses an online process to provide information required from a number of different state agencies all at one time. All required forms and fees will be accommodated through this one-stop online shop.

Upon completion of this first phase, businesses will be able to apply for and receive their sales and use tax permits, receive and renew their annual state business licenses, file articles of incorporation, file annual lists of officers and conduct other important business all in one online visit and with one online payment.

Secretary of State Ross Miller said the business portal is moving forward with the approval Tuesday by the Board of Examiners of a $4.5 million contract with Capgemini Government Solutions to implement the required technology.

“It’s a game changer,” he said. “We are far ahead of the curve of what any other state has been able to do.”

Company representatives and state agency officials met today to get the project going.

Jose Garcia, vice president of Capgemini, said he has staff in Nevada now and is moving forward with the work. The first phase will link the secretary of state’s office and the Department of Taxation. The project is ambitious but involves the type of work the company has done in other states, he said.

“We’re using the standard industry technology,” Garcia said. “I’m not saying it’s easy. It will be a challenge in that we have a tight timeline to be successful.”

Future phases are expected to link to other state agencies, such as the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, as well as local government business licensing entities. Agencies must already offer online services to link to the portal.

Dino DiCianno, executive director of the Department of Taxation, said the portal will allow the agency to use its current on-line programs and services, but will make it easier for the business community to access the information.

“The bottom line is we have to be more efficient,” he said.

Miller said that the portal will not only simplify the licensing and registration processes for the business community, it will also generate more revenue to the state by capturing fees that have not consistently been collected in the past.

A third benefit will be a reduction in the amount of state staff time and resources now required to process the information, Miller said.

The state has already seen a financial benefit with the integration of some of the functions of the Department of Taxation and the Secretary of State’s office, Miller said. Since that integration on Oct. 1, 2009, the state has collected significant amounts of previously un-captured tax revenue, he said. His office was given the task of issuing state business licenses and collecting the fees.

The first phase of the portal is expected to be operational by March of 2011. It will put Nevada “light years” ahead of other states in providing the business community with an easy-to-use process, Miller said.

No longer will someone wanting to set up a business have to visit different state agencies, fill out different forms and pay each time with separate transactions, he said.

It will also simplify the renewal process for existing businesses, Miller said.

The 2009 Legislature authorized the creation of the business portal.

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