The Vermont Statutes Online
Title 32 : Taxation and Finance
Chapter 103 : DEPARTMENT OF TAXES; COMMISSIONER OF TAXES
Subchapter 002 : ADMINISTRATION(Cite as: 32 V.S.A. § 3205)
§ 3205. Taxpayer Advocate
(a) There is established within the Department of Taxes an Office of the Taxpayer Advocate.
(b) The Taxpayer Advocate shall have the following functions and duties:
(1) identify subject areas where taxpayers have difficulties interacting with the Department of Taxes;
(2) identify classes of taxpayers or specific business sectors who have common problems related to the Department of Taxes;
(3) propose solutions, including administrative changes to practices and procedures of the Department of Taxes;
(4) recommend legislative action as may be appropriate to resolve problems encountered by taxpayers;
(5) educate taxpayers concerning their rights and responsibilities under Vermont’s tax laws;
(6) educate tax professionals concerning the Department of Taxes’ rules and interpretations by issuing bulletins and other written materials; and
(7) assist individual taxpayers in resolving disputes with the Department of Taxes.
(c) The Taxpayer Advocate shall prepare an annual report detailing the actions the Taxpayer Advocate has taken to improve taxpayer services and the responsiveness of the Department of Taxes. The report shall identify the problems encountered by taxpayers in interacting with the Department of Taxes and include specific recommendations for administrative and legislative actions to resolve those problems. The report shall identify any problems that span an entire class of taxpayer or specific industry and propose class- or industry-wide solutions. The report of the Taxpayer Advocate shall be submitted to the Senate Committee on Finance and the House Committee on Ways and Means on or before January 15 of each year. The provisions of 2 V.S.A. § 20(d) (expiration of required reports) shall not apply to the required report to be made under this subsection.
(d) [Repealed.] (Added 2011, No. 45, § 36e, eff. May 24, 2011; amended 2011, No. 143 (Adj. Sess.), § 6, eff. May 15, 2012; 2015, No. 131 (Adj. Sess.), § 8; 2021, No. 20, § 263; 2021, No. 105 (Adj. Sess.), § 503, eff. July 1, 2022.)