About Us


Executive Director Melanie Young

Melanie Young was appointed Executive Director of the Department of Taxation in January 2019 by Governor Steve Sisolak. Young has spent 20 years as a public servant to the state of Nevada. Since February 2018, she has served in the Nevada Department of Taxation, managing operations, maintenance, tax distributions, budget, processing, accounting, fiscal services, personnel, and payroll. Her prior roles include Executive Branch Budget Officer in the Governor’s Finance Office, Administrative Services Officer for the Departments of Public Safety and Health and Human Services, and Management Analyst in the Department of Health and Human Services.

    Functions of the Department

    The Department of Taxation:  

    • Administers the collection and distribution of approximately $6.87 billion annually in state and local government revenue from 17+ different taxes  
    • Licenses and regulates Nevada’s medical and adult-use marijuana licensees 
    • Appraises property of an interstate or inter-county nature as well as mining property 
    • Establishes guidelines for county assessors, recorders, and treasurers; monitors appraisal and assessment performance; and ensures statewide compliance with assessment standards established by the Nevada Tax Commission 
    • Reviews local government budgets and audits, prepares ad valorem tax rates for certification, and advises local governments on Budget Act compliance and financial management matters 
    • Provides certified annual population estimates for the state and its counties and incorporated cities

      Mission

      Provide fair, efficient and effective administration of tax programs for the state of Nevada in accordance with applicable statutes, regulations, and policies. Serve the taxpayers and state and local government entities, and enable and recognize Department employees.

        Philosophy

        Dedicated to the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct; committed to consistent, impartial and courteous service and treatment of our taxpayers. Providing resources, training and support to the men and women of the Department, and fostering initiative, creativity and effective performance.

          Goals

          • Ensure consistent and uniform application of tax statutes while increasing accessibility and visibility for taxpayers on tax laws, policy and procedures.
          • Provide and promote effective and efficient taxpayer experiences by opening channels of communication, providing educational resources and developing solutions.
          • Support Department executives, state, local and national decision makers by providing timely, relevant, accurate data and analysis.
          • Attract, develop and retain an engaged and empowered workforce while reducing employee turnover by 20 percent and increasing employee longevity by 6 months.
          • Implement a suite of enterprise team productivity tools to enable a modern digital workplace.
          • Reduce IT project backlog by enabling project governance and increase operational efficiency through automation strategy.

          The Department of Taxation, as an essential Executive Branch Department, is responsible for the administration of 17 different tax types, three fees, two licenses and one civil penalty. The collection and distribution of funding supports the state general fund, the state distributive school account, local governments and the state debt service fund. This is accomplished with 403 employees in five divisions. The Department also serves as staff to five boards and commissions.