The Utah Taxpayers Association applauds the Governor’s appointment of Rebecca L. Rockwell to the Utah State Tax Commission. Billy Hesterman, Vice President of the Utah Taxpayers Association said, “We appreciate Ms. Rockwell’s lifetime of preparation for this appointment and her willingness to serve the taxpayers and taxing entities of Utah.”
Rebecca L. Rockwell, currently Associate General Counsel with the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, has been appointed to replace D’Arcy Pignanelli as a member of the Utah State Tax Commission. Her confirmation hearing will be held Wednesday, June 17th. If confirmed, her term will run through June 30, 2019.
During the 2014 General Session, the Utah legislature passed SB 19, “Appointment and Qualification of Members of the State Tax Commission.” This legislation greatly increased the experience and qualifications required of members of the Utah State Tax Commission.
Since the passage of SB 19, former Senator John Valentine has been appointed as Chair of the Utah State Tax Commission. Now the Governor has announced Rebecca L. Rockwell as the most recent appointee to the Utah State Tax Commission.
The Utah Taxpayers Association applauds the governor’s appointment of Ms. Rockwell and is confident that she will play an invaluable role as a member of the State Tax Commission.
Ms. Rockwell has worked in Utah state government for over 22 years and is one of the state’s foremost experts in tax case law, Utah tax code and administrative rules and procedures. An expert in sales and use taxes, income taxes, property taxes and excise taxes, Ms. Rockwell has drafted multiple state tax code recodifications, including changes to the taxation of estates and trusts and implementing the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement in Utah.
While Ms. Rockwell’s service to the Utah State Legislature will be missed, her service to the Utah State Tax Commission will ensure continued excellence in the administration and supervision of Utah’s state tax laws.
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Tax Commission Chair John Valentine with Commissioner Rebecca Rockwell, Commissioner Michael Cragun, and Commissioner Robert Pero.