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Who is Georgia's New DOR Commissioner?

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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.

About the Author: Lauren Stinson,CMI, is Principal and National Leader - Sales & Use Tax at Cherry Bekaert LLP; a national CPA and consulting firm ranked as one of the top 25 in the country. Previously, Lauren was Owner and President of Windward Tax, a sales and use tax consulting firm. She has more than 25 years experience working with manufacturers on sales and use tax issues. Lauren is pleased to share her expertise with SalesTaxSupport readers as the Manufacturing contributor in SalesTaxSupport’s Industry blog, as well as the Georgia Sales Tax contributor in the States blog.

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2 Responses to Who is Georgia's New DOR Commissioner?

  • Posted by JoAnne on April 29, 2015 6:47am:

    I receive an order for our product, construction plans, from a publisher in another state and the other state collects all the money. I am located in Georgia and I fulfill the order to a Georgia resident. Does the publisher in the other sate collect the sales tax? I cannot call the customer and collect more money. the point of sale was finished.

    • Posted by Author photo of Lauren StinsonLauren Stinson, CMI on June 3, 2015 1:39pm:

      Hi JoAnne, If you are purchasing items for resale, you should extend your resale certificate to your supplier so that you don't get charged tax. Then, when you make the sale to your customer, the Georgia resident, you should collect the proper state and local tax where the sale was made.

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