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7.02.230 Confidentiality.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 185312 and 187339, effective October 16, 2015.)  It is unlawful for any City employee, agent or elected official, or for any person who has acquired information pursuant to Section 7.02.240 A. and C., to divulge, release or make known in any manner any financial information submitted or disclosed to the City under the terms of the Business License Law, unless otherwise required by law.  Additionally, it is unlawful to divulge, release or make known in any manner identifying information about any taxpayer applying for tax amnesty, including, but not limited to, the name and address of the taxpayer, unless otherwise required by law.  Except as noted above, this Section does not prohibit:

A.  The disclosure of the names and addresses of any persons that have a Division account;  

B.  The disclosure of general statistics in a form which would prevent the identification of financial information regarding an individual taxfiler;  

C.  The filing of any legal action by or on behalf of the Division to obtain payment on unpaid accounts; or  

D.  The assignment to an outside collection agency of any unpaid account balance receivable, provided that the Division notifies the taxfiler of the unpaid balance at least 60 days prior to the assignment of the claim.  Any assignment to an outside collection agency is subject to a reasonable collection fee, above and beyond any amount owed to the Division.