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
Department of Taxation:
- Administers the collection
and distribution of approximately $6.87 billion annually in
state and local government revenue from 17+ different
- Licenses and
regulates Nevada’s medical and adult-use
- 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
- Provides certified annual
population estimates for the state and its counties and
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.
Dedicated to the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct; committed to consistent, impartial and courteous service and treatment. Providing resources, training and support to the men and women of the Department, and fostering initiative, creativity and effective performance.
- Ensure the stable administration of tax statutes.
- Improve compliance through education, information and enforcement.
- Cooperate with other agencies and entities to better serve taxpayers.
- Provide improved and more efficient service.
- Promote the fair and equitable treatment of taxpayers.
- Enhance workforce proficiency through training and communication.
- Improve tax administration through new technology.