Subcommittee to Study and Revise Virginia's State Tax Code
HJR 60 (2002)
HJR 685/SJR 387 (2001)
July 30, 2002
Task Force #2
Task Force #2 held its third meeting on July 30, 2002
at 10:00 am.
The committee’s meeting began with comments
from Delegate McDonnell regarding future meetings and public hearings.
Delegate McDonnell reminded attendees that Task Force #1 and Task Force
#2 will meet on August 19, 2002. The Joint Subcommittee will meet on September
12 at 10:00 am and September 30 at 1:00 pm. Public hearings across the
state will begin in October.
Laurie Peterson, Vice President and Director
of Membership for the Virginia Retail Merchants Association, gave a presentation
on the Accelerated Sales Tax Collections. Task Force members requested
additional information on the policies and procedures of other states
related to sales tax collections.
Donna Reynolds, Director of Community
Relations for the American Lung Association of Virginia presented information
on nationwide cigarette tax statistics, including tax increases nationwide.
Steve Pearson, Esq., representing various
commercial property owners, gave a presentation on the Real Estate Tax
Appeals Process. Mr. Pearson presented information from a working group
which included assessors, assistant county attorneys and representatives
from the Virginia Municipal League and the Virginia Association of Counties.
Following Mr. Pearson’s presentation, Delegate McDonnell appointed Delegate
Griffith to work with the group on the real estate tax appeals process.
Stuart Fleming, a citizen from the Newport
News area, gave personal testimony regarding the equalization process
in the Newport News area.
Staff made a presentation regarding the
BPOL Task Force.
Staff presented follow-up items from the
Task Force #2 meeting (June 26). The items included the following:
Taxpayer appeals and "pay to
play" provisions. Delegate McDonnell asked Delegate Johnson to
work with Tax Commissioner Ken Thorsen on the feasibility of i) an
independent hearing examiner and ii) prepayment for appeals.
Estimated revenues from a statewide
1% local individual income tax. (presented by Virginia Department
Impact of the increasing federal taxable
estate threshold and options for repealing the Virginia estate tax.
(presented by Virginia Department of Taxation)
General fund dollars spent on transportation.
Projected additional revenue from
increasing the motor vehicle, aircraft, and watercraft sales and use
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