Georgia has a new commissioner at the Department of Revenue. Re-elected Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Rep. Lynne Riley to take the reins of the DOR beginning January 11, 2015. Riley is a Republican from Johns Creek, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta.
What does this mean for the sales tax future of Georgia companies? We don’t know yet, but I, for one, am hopeful that Riley will take the same efficient and business-minded approach to managing Georgia’s tax regulations as our outgoing commissioner, Doug MacGinnitie.
Riley brings to office 30 years of experience as a professional accountant and principal of Riley Accounting Services. She served four terms in the State House of Representatives. Riley seems to have close connections to Gov. Deal, having served as one of his floor leaders. Her committee assignments recently included membership in Ways and Means, Natural Resources and Environment, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Overview and Retirement.
I will keep a watchful eye on our new commissioner and I look forward to learning more about her goals for the Georgia DOR. My initial reaction to the appointment is positive. In announcing her appointment, Gov. Deal said Riley has achieved many goals in her three decades of accounting experience, including “improved customer service, modernization of technology and increased compliance.” Let’s hope she continues to focus on these areas and leads the Georgia DOR with the best interests of corporate taxpayers in mind.
Other recent “Georgia (GA)” posts by Lauren Stinson, CMI:
- When Businesses Retain Contractor Services in Georgia: Tax Tips
- Yikes! I Collected Sales Tax But Didn't Remit to the Georgia DOR
- Sales Tax on Labor: In Georgia, Not All is Created Equal
- A Review of Georgia's Sales Tax Exemption Certificates
- Georgia's New Rule for Itemization of Sales and Use Tax