Virginia Treasurer & Tax Collector

Find Virginia treasurer, tax collector, tax assessor, and property assessor. Treasurers and tax collectors provide information on property searches, tax bills, property liens, tax assessed values, and deductions.


Treasurers & Tax Collectors by County

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What is a Treasurer and Tax Collector?

Treasurers and Tax Collectors are individuals or offices within a government agency that perform select financial functions. Both the Treasurer's Office and the Tax Collector's Office may be organized as separate departments, or they may be divisions within a larger Finance Department that encompasses all financial functions of the organization.

At the county and local level of government, the responsibilities of the Treasurer usually center on the receipt, disbursement, and management of cash. As part of the Accounts Payable function, the Treasurer's office processes invoices for payment, approves and makes payments, and records all transactions in the agency's financial system. While the payroll function may or may not be processed by the Treasurer's Office, the Treasurer is ultimately responsible for signing off on payments to employees and pensioners. The Treasurer is typically responsible for ensuring that sufficient cash is on hand to cover expenses while managing excess cash in such a way as to strike a balance between maximizing investment returns and maintaining sufficient liquidity and the safety of principal. Treasurers at the state level of government may also be responsible for managing pension or other pooled investment funds on behalf of counties and local governments.

The Tax Collector is primarily responsible for issuing tax bills, collecting and processing payments, and following up with delinquent taxpayers. At the county and local level of government, the Tax Collector may be responsible solely for taxes levied by the jurisdiction, or they may also collect other revenue sources such as license fees, utility fees, or fines. At the state level of government, the Tax Collector or the Department of Revenue may be responsible for a much wider array of taxes, such as fuel taxes, luxury taxes, and cigarette taxes. Often, a state or county Tax Collector may collect taxes on behalf of a lower level of government, such as sales taxes or vehicle taxes, and distribute the proceeds.

In most states, the Treasurer is an elected official, though in some states the Governor appoints the Treasurer. In counties and local governments, the Treasurer is either elected or an appointed professional position. At the state level, the Tax Collector or Commissioner of Revenue is usually appointed by the Governor. At the county or local level, the Tax Collector may be elected or appointed.