The Tax Compliance Team
The Commissioner of Revenue’s Tax Compliance Team is responsible for enforcing the city’s tax codes and providing assistance to Norfolk business owners. The team includes four investigators, one coordinator and team leader.
The investigators or “Community Ambassadors” are responsible for designated business districts throughout the city. The so called “district approach” allows the community Ambassadors to establish personal relationships with the business owners within that specific district.
The team’s duties include:
The team ensures that businesses in Norfolk are properly licensed and pay all required taxes.
The team provides assistance to the business community on a wide variety of issues.
The team participates with both the city’s Bar Task Force and Convenience Store Task Force to insure that city restaurants and convenience stores are complying with all applicable codes and regulations.
The team serves as the point of contact for the reporting of all violations and the subsequent investigations of local businesses.
The team insures the proper citizen compliance with yard sales and other community-related permits.
And, the team represents the Commissioner of Revenue in court when businesses are being prosecuted for non payment of taxes.
During the past three years, as the result of aggressive delinquent tax collection and discovery of new businesses, the team has generated $7.2 million dollars in new tax revenues for the city.
The Tax Compliance Team plays a major role in assuring that the Commissioner of Revenue’s major objective that every taxpayer, business and business owner pays his or her fair share of taxes is accomplished.