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 of our taxpayers. Providing resources, training and support to the men and women of the Department, and fostering initiative, creativity and effective performance.
- 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.