Governor seeking candidates for tax commission as Dixon Pignanelli will not seek reappointment [UPH Wire]

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Aimee Edwards

Governor seeking candidates for tax commission as Dixon Pignanelli will not seek reappointment

SALT LAKE CITY (May 18, 2015) – Tax Commissioner D’Arcy Dixon Pignanelli
has informed Gov. Gary R. Herbert she will not seek reappointment to the
Utah State Tax Commission. She will serve until June 30, 2015.
“D’Arcy has served this state well, and I appreciate her service to the
citizens of Utah,” said Gov. Herbert. “During her service she implemented
programs and changes that improved services to taxpayers.”

“It has been an honor to serve the citizens and taxpayers of Utah,” said
Dixon Pignanelli. “However, I also want to be part of a natural turnover
and reinvigoration of new ideas and fresh perspectives in government.”
Commissioner Dixon Pignanelli was first appointed in 2006 by Gov. Jon
Huntsman, Jr. to fill the one year remaining term of then commissioner
Palmer Depaulis. She was reappointed in 2007 by Gov. Huntsman to a full
four-year term, and again in 2011 by Gov. Herbert to a second four-year
“Over the last nine-years I worked to provide efficiencies and
transparency, and to listen carefully to taxpayers and be willing to take a
different perspective when I felt it important,” said Dixon Pignanelli. “As
in all items, credit can be shared with those both inside and outside the
Tax Commission, either a taxpayer or advocate who convincingly argued a
different perspective on an appeal or individuals who helped a new service
or program be successful.”
Dixon Pignanelli was asked by her fellow commissioners to serve as point
person on many issues that required consistent attention, review, and
coordination with multiple stakeholders both inside and outside of the tax
commission. Among her contributions to the Commission is the creation of
the redaction program, which assured the body of administrative case law
being created by the commission was redacted and placed on line as a
resource for taxpayers and tax practitioners. Redaction assures both
taxpayer confidentiality and transparency in government. She also expanded
mediation services to more timely address and resolve locally assessed
property tax appeals filed to the commission, implemented the use of
electronic signatures on appeal forms, and oversaw private letter rulings,
internal audits and the appeals unit.
Consistent with Utah law, the Governor’s Office is requesting lists of
potential appointees from the Utah State Bar, organizations representing
certified public accountants licensed to practice in the state and
organizations that represent persons who assess or appraise property in the
state. The administration is also requesting potential appointees from
national organizations that offer a professional tax certification in
property tax, sales and use tax; and state income tax; and that require
experience, education, and testing certification; and require additional
education to maintain said certification.
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