Legal Counsel/Deputy Commissioner of Revenue
The Commissioner of Revenue for Arlington County, Virginia, is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as Legal Counsel/Deputy Commissioner of Revenue.
The Commissioner of Revenue is an independent elected official who serves as the tax assessing officer for the County for all property (with the exception of real estate) such as business personal property and vehicles. In addition, the office is responsible for administering business taxes such as the business license (BPOL) tax and custodial taxes such as the county meals tax, short-term rental tax and transient occupancy tax. The Commissioner is responsible for assuring that all taxes are assessed according to law in a fair and equitable manner.
The Legal Counsel/ Deputy Commissioner of Revenue provides legal guidance and interpretations of law to the Commissioner of Revenue, her deputies, and other office personnel regarding legal issues that arise in any division within the office.
Specific duties of the position include:
• The scope of relevant taxes,
• exemptions and exceptions to tax liability,
• legislative issues affecting the office, and
• legal aspects of personnel matters and office administration.
The Legal Counsel conducts analysis of fact situations and suggests resolution of tax assessment issues, and interprets statutes and court decisions. The Legal Counsel is responsible for drafting final determinations of administrative tax appeals addressed to the office and for responding to appeals of such determinations by taxpayers to the Virginia Tax Commissioner. On rare occasions the counsel may appear in court – either alone for the Commissioner or in concert with the Arlington County Attorney’s office. The Legal Counsel also suggests and reviews proposed changes to state laws and county ordinances.
The Legal Counsel has a high level of interaction with citizens, taxpayers, attorneys, accountants and public officials. Confidence, patience and communication skills are essential. The Legal Counsel must be able to represent the Commissioner and the office in professional organizational meetings (both of attorneys and other tax assessing offices), public presentations and in interactions with taxpayers.