Tax Commission News Release
Tax Commission launches public records request Web page, request form
BOISE, IDAHO — Nov. 12, 2014 — The Idaho State Tax Commission has a new public records requests page on its website, tax.idaho.gov. The page includes a public records request form that can be downloaded, signed, and sent to the Tax Commission.
The Web page explains what public records are and how to request them from the Tax Commission. It also links to popular records that are available on the Tax Commission website, such as reports and statistics, agency decisions, and policy documents.
“Everyone has the right to ask for access to public records,” said William von Tagen, deputy attorney general assigned to the Tax Commission. “But it helps if requests are as specific as possible, to speed up the search process.” Idaho law says public records requests must be acknowledged within three days after being received, although agencies are allowed an additional seven days, if needed, to fulfill a request.
“Personal tax information is exempt from the public records law under Idaho’s confidentiality statute,” said von Tagen, “but meeting minutes, emails, internal reports, and other public records can generally be released without an issue.” He said the Public Records Law outlines the costs that apply if a request demands a substantial amount of staff time or paper to provide copies of information.