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Title 32: Taxation and Finance

Chapter 151: INCOME TAXES

Sub-Chapter 012: Setoff Debt Collection

32 V.S.A. § 5939. Confidentiality exemption; nondisclosure



§ 5939. Confidentiality exemption; nondisclosure

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law prohibiting disclosure by the department of the contents of taxpayer records or information and notwithstanding any confidentiality statute of any claimant agency, disclosure of the name, address and Social Security number of a debtor, amount of refund owed to a debtor, amount of debt owed by a debtor, and amount of refund attributable to the income of non-debtor spouse, between the Department and the claimant agency as necessary to effectuate the intent of this chapter, is lawful.

(b) The information obtained by a claimant agency from the Department in accordance with the exemption allowed by this section shall only be used by a claimant agency in the pursuit of its debt collection duties and practices and any person employed by, or formerly employed by, a claimant agency who discloses any such information for any other purpose, except as otherwise allowed by law, shall be penalized in accordance with the terms of section 3102 of this title as if that person were an agent of the Commissioner. The claimant agency to which information is disclosed shall provide for the protection and security of the information as required by the Commissioner. (Added 1981, No. 228 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. May 4, 1982; amended 2005, No. 14, § 12, eff. May 3, 2005.)