Carroll Commissioner of Revenue charged with computer invasion of privacy


Zimmerman turned herself in to state police Thursday

Fran Zimmerman


Carroll County’s Commissioner of the Revenue faces three counts of computer invasion privacy according to the Virginia State Police.

Frances A. Zimmerman, 56, of Hillsville, who currently serves as Carroll County’s Commissioner of the Revenue, has been charged with three counts of computer invasion of privacy (18.2-152: 1), a Virginia State Police spokesperson said Thurday in a press release.

“The charges stem from the illegal accessing of protected information from a state government database and then disseminating that protected information to another individual,” the state police press release states. “Zimmerman turned herself in to the Virginia State Police on Thursday and was released on bond. The Virginia State Police investigation, which remains ongoing at this time, was initiated in April 2017.”

The Commissioner of the Revenue is a state constitutional officer as set forth in the Constitution of Virginia and a publicly elected representative of the people. The Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office is regulated by the State Code of Virginia. The taxes assessed by the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office are extremely broad and complex.

The Commissioner of the Revenue is responsible for assessing the tangible personal property tax, business personal property tax, machinery and tools tax and merchants capital tax, vehicle license fees, and printing of the annual real estate and personal property book of assessments. The Commissioner of the Revenue also assists and prepares state income and estimated tax returns. Some of the other duties of this office include administering the real estate tax relief for the elderly and disabled, service connected disabled veterans, PPTRA (tax relief on qualified personal use vehicles), public service corporation tax, and many other taxes as prescribed by state law and local ordinance.

The Commissioner of the Revenue is responsible for identifying, locating, and estimating the value of all properties within the county for tax purposes. There are currently 31,869 taxable parcels and 1,155 tax exempt parcels in the county. The Commissioner of the Revenue maintains changes in the real estate data files which includes the valuation of new construction from building permits, valuation of land from annual property splits and transfers, special assessment of land under the land use program, mapping updates and corrections on the tax identification maps and the GIS parcel layer.

The Commissioner of the Revenue also assists taxpayers with Virginia sales tax. This office also has available state income tax forms, sales tax applications and many other state forms. We also have many federal forms available as a service to our local citizens.

Fran Zimmerman
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Zimmerman turned herself in to state police Thursday
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