(A)   No present or former employee of the city shall intentionally and without authorization inspect or divulge any information acquired by him or her of the affairs of any employer or employee, or information regarding the tax schedules, returns, or reports required to be filed with the city or other proper officer, or any information produced by a hearing or investigation, insofar as the information may have to do with the affairs of the employer or employee. This prohibition does not extend to information required in prosecutions for making false reports or returns for taxation, or any other infraction of the tax laws, or in any way made a matter of public record, nor does it preclude furnishing any taxpayer or the taxpayer's properly authorized agent with information respecting his or her own return. Further, this prohibition does not preclude any employee of the city from testifying in any court or from introducing evidence in any court, or from introducing as evidence, returns or reports filed with the city, in an action for violation of a tax law of the city or other tax district or in any action challenging the city's tax laws or in any action in which the income of an employer or employee is a relevant issue at trial.
   (B)   The city reserves the right to disclose to the Commissioner of Revenue of the Commonwealth of Kentucky or his or her duly authorized agent all such information and rights to inspect any of the books and records of the city if the Commissioner of Revenue of the Commonwealth of Kentucky grants to the city the reciprocal right to obtain information from the files and records of the Kentucky Department of Revenue and maintains the privileged character of the information so furnished. Provided, further that the city may publish statistics based on such information in such a manner as not to reveal any identifying data regarding a specific employer or employee's gross earnings.
   (C)   In addition, the city is empowered to execute similar reciprocity agreements as described in division (B) of this section with any other taxing entity should there be a need for exchange of information to effect diligent enforcement of this chapter.
(Ord. 2017-1743, passed 8-24-17)