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The Vermont Statutes Online

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Title 32 : Taxation and Finance

Chapter 103 : Department of Taxes; Commissioner of Taxes

Subchapter 002 : Administration

(Cite as: 32 V.S.A. § 3206)
  • § 3206. Recommendation for extraordinary relief

    (a) The Taxpayer Advocate may make a written recommendation for extraordinary relief to the Commissioner under the provisions of this section. A recommendation for extraordinary relief may be made only in response to a request from a taxpayer and after a thorough investigation of the taxpayer’s circumstances by the Taxpayer Advocate that results in findings by the Taxpayer Advocate that:

    (1) Vermont tax laws apply to the taxpayer’s circumstances in a way that is unfair and unforeseen or that results in significant hardship; and

    (2) the taxpayer has no available appeal rights or administrative remedies to correct the issue that led to such unfair result or hardship.

    (b) As used in this section, “extraordinary relief” means a remedy that is within the power of the Commissioner to grant under this title, a remedy that compensates for the result of inaccurate classification of property as homestead or nonhomestead pursuant to section 5410 of this title through no fault of the taxpayer, or a remedy that makes changes to a taxpayer’s property tax credit or renter credit claim necessary to remedy the problem identified by the Taxpayer Advocate.

    (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if, in response to the Taxpayer Advocate’s recommendation, the Commissioner determines that the taxpayer should receive a refund or other monetary adjustment, the Commissioner shall certify that amount to the Commissioner of Finance and Management who shall issue his or her warrant in favor of the taxpayer for payment by the Treasurer from the appropriate fund.

    (d) A recommendation for extraordinary relief shall be in writing, shall be addressed to the Commissioner, and shall include a description of the problem sought to be remedied along with specific recommendations to the Commissioner. The Taxpayer Advocate’s decision to make or not make a recommendation for extraordinary relief shall be final and not subject to review.

    (e) The Commissioner may choose to act on the recommendation of the Taxpayer Advocate, not act on the recommendation, or act on part of the Taxpayer Advocate’s recommendation, and the Commissioner’s decision shall be final and not subject to any further review. Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit any other power or authority granted to the Commissioner in this title. (Added 2011, No. 143 (Adj. Sess.), § 8; amended 2019, No. 160 (Adj. Sess.), § 8, eff. Jan. 1, 2021.)