Tax Commissioner

Manage tax collection for an entire city.

What does a Tax Commissioner do?

Tax Commissioners work for their cities’ government, taking on the tasks of receiving and collecting taxes, along with other duties that are exclusive to a Tax Commissioner’s title. In short, if you’re a Tax Commissioner you handle all of the tax matters for your particular county or city. You receive tax returns and process them accordingly, or assign someone else to the task. You also handle property and vehicle taxes, making sure they’re coming in on time and being paid out to the full amount.

Depending on how large your office is, you may also be in charge of handling vehicle titles and registrations. And as with everything else, you keep meticulous records. State officials may use the numbers you’ve crunched to represent the paid taxes in your county, so you keep careful logs and registries of voters and taxpayers. You keep important statistical information as well (for example, marital status, income, children or dependents, multiple property ownerships, etc.).

Besides the extensive recordkeeping, you’re also responsible for knowing what funds are supposed to be coming into the county or city, and what you have to be paying out to the state. It’s up to you to make sure that the taxpayers’ money designated to the county is indeed being spent on the county, particularly the areas specified in their taxes.

There’s also a darker side to your job: When people don’t pay their taxes, or are grossly behind or under their payment amounts, you’re the one who sees to it that they are prosecuted and pay the full amounts. You may also be called upon to testify in court, such as in a condemnation proceeding.