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January 10, 2007 - New State Tax Team in Place

COLUMBUS, Ohio - New Tax Commissioner Richard Levin today, in one of his first official acts, announced his management team at a meeting of Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT) administrators in Columbus.

Levin began work Monday, returning to lead the department where he worked for 20 years beginning in 1971 as a researcher and leaving in 1991 as a deputy director. Levin left to form a consulting firm in Columbus that focused on state budget and tax policy issues. He left the firm when Ohio Governor Ted Strickland appointed him to the state’s top tax job.

Levin says he’s excited to be back but says things have changed since he last worked at ODT, “The employees are better trained, more professional and use far more sophisticated technology than before,” he observed.

Levin is in charge of a department with more than 1,400 employees that is responsible for collecting more than $24 billion in general revenues to fund the many services delivered or funded by state government.

To help with those responsibilities, Levin today unveiled a group of veteran senior managers.

Levin appointed Fred Church as deputy tax commissioner for policy and budget. He will be in charge of the research, budget, legislation and communication divisions.

Fred Nicely will remain as chief legal counsel overseeing tax appeals, appeals management and the enforcement divisions. Nicely will also be the department’s chief ethics officer.

Rick Anthony was chosen to be deputy tax commissioner for compliance and audit. His responsibilities will include administering personal and business taxes, information technology and human resources.

Levin also appointed Carol Mahaffey to be deputy tax commissioner for real estate taxes. She will assist the tax commissioner in communicating with local officials on various tax matters. Mahaffey was with ODT in the 1980’s and is currently a tax attorney in Columbus. She will join the department at the end of this month.

“I am thrilled to have them all,” said Levin. “I know they will do a great job for the state.”

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(For more information, contact Mike McKinney, public information officer, at 614.466.5461)