A. The department consists of such divisions as the director deems necessary to achieve maximum efficiency, economy and effectiveness in administering and collecting taxes. The departmental organization shall provide for administering taxes as prescribed by law and for administrative services to the department, including data processing, accounting, records management, publications, collection of delinquent accounts, personnel services and budget and property control.

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 42-1003

  • Department: means the department of revenue. See Arizona Laws 42-1001
  • Director: means the director of the department. See Arizona Laws 42-1001
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act: A federal law, established in 1971 and revised in 1997, that gives consumers the right to see their credit records and correct any mistakes. Source: OCC
  • including: means not limited to and is not a term of exclusion. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Oath: includes an affirmation or declaration. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Person: means a natural person, individual, proprietor, proprietorship, company, corporation, organization, association, joint venture, partner, partnership, trust, estate or limited liability company, the federal or state government, a political subdivision of a state or any other legal entity or combination of entities that owns, controls or has possession of real or personal property. See Arizona Laws 42-11001
  • Property: includes both real and personal property. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Public law: A public bill or joint resolution that has passed both chambers and been enacted into law. Public laws have general applicability nationwide.
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • United States: includes the District of Columbia and the territories. See Arizona Laws 1-215

B. The director may divide the state into a reasonable number of districts and establish a full-time or part-time branch office or offices in each district as may be necessary. In establishing districts and branch offices, the director shall give due consideration to economy of administration and service to the taxpayers.

C. The director may employ, appoint and remove, in the manner prescribed by law, such officers, agents, branch office deputies and other staff personnel as the director deems necessary to assist in administering the department. The director’s staff may perform such functions as the director prescribes, including budget development, legal research and analysis, tax research, departmental audit and public relations.

D. A deputy director of the department may be appointed by the director with the approval of the governor. The deputy director, if appointed, serves at the pleasure of the director with the approval of the governor. The deputy director shall assist the director in administering the department and has the duties and responsibilities as the director assigns.

E. The director, with the approval of the governor, may appoint an assistant director to head each division of the department. Any assistant director appointed is directly responsible for the functions performed by the assistant director’s division. Each assistant director serves at the pleasure of the director with the approval of the governor.

F. The director may appoint other deputies or assistants to conduct hearings, prescribe administrative rules or perform any other duty prescribed for the department by law.

G. The director may require officers, agents, deputies and other employees designated by the director to give bond for the faithful performance of their duties in such an amount and with such sureties as the director determines or as prescribed by statute. The department shall pay all premiums on the bonds out of monies appropriated for the administration of the department.

H. The director and officers and employees designated by the director may administer an oath to any person or take the acknowledgement of any person in respect of any return or report required by law or the administrative rules of the department.

I. The director may reassign the administration of taxes and may assign and delegate the duties, powers and functions of the department among its divisions in order to achieve maximum efficiency, economy and effectiveness. The director or the deputy director, if any, shall enforce cooperation among the divisions in the provision and integration of all functions at all levels of the department.

J. The director may obtain a state and federal criminal records check for an applicant for employment for the purpose of hiring personnel or for any employee, contractor or temporary employee as required by internal revenue service guidelines or any other federal guidelines.  Before making a final offer of employment or for purposes of screening an employee or contractor, the director shall require the preferred applicants, employees or contractors to submit a full set of fingerprints.  The director shall submit the fingerprints to the department of public safety for the purpose of obtaining a state and federal criminal records check pursuant to section 41-1750 and Public Law 92-544.  The department of public safety may exchange this fingerprint data with the federal bureau of investigation. The department of revenue may disclose information obtained pursuant to this subsection only to members of the department’s staff solely for employment purposes. An applicant, employee, contractor or temporary employee is not disqualified from employment under this subsection except in accordance with section 13-904, subsection E.

K. The director may obtain a consumer report for an applicant for employment for the purpose of hiring personnel whose job duties include the distribution of tax revenues pursuant to this title and title 43. Consumer report information may be obtained and used only in accordance with the fair credit reporting act (P.L. 90-321; 84 Stat. 1128; 15 United States Code sections 1681 through 1681x).  The consumer report information shall not be the sole reason for the disqualification of the applicant.

L. For the purposes of this section, "applicant" means any person who seeks employment as a new hire or any employee of the department who seeks a transfer, a reclassification or a reassignment to a different position.