LePage Administration Announces Reorganization of Maine Revenue Services

November 30, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531
Office of the Governor website: www.Maine.gov/governor

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul LePage today announced a major reorganization of Maine Revenue Services, separating policy responsibilities from operational management.

“This reorganization will help ensure firm, fair, and consistent application of Maine’s tax laws,” said Governor LePage. “I want to thank Commissioner Millett and his team for putting this together.”

Under the reorganization, Dr. Michael Allen, the current Director of Research and Econometrics, would become the Associate Commissioner for Tax Policy, with responsibility for policy guidance, legislative relations, public relations, and research. He will report directly to Commissioner Sawin Millett. Jerome Gerard, Acting State Tax Assessor, will be appointed to the post permanently and continue responsibility for the day-to-day operations of Maine Revenue Services.

“I have a great deal of confidence in Jerome and Michael and their leadership skills. This reorganization will maximize their talent and effectiveness of Maine Revenue Services,” said Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services Sawin Millett.

Other changes include:

• Elevation of the position of “Taxpayer Advocate” to directly report to the Commissioner, as passed by the Legislature in LD 1371; • Consolidation of all audit functions into a single Audit Division, providing businesses a single point-of-contact during audits; and • Consolidating criminal and civil investigations into a single unit.

All changes will occur within existing resources and will be effective on December 1st.