193.09  INVESTIGATIVE POWERS OF THE FINANCE DIRECTOR - PENALTY FOR DIVULGING CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION.
   (a)   The Finance Director, or his duly authorized agent or employee in the Department of Taxation, is authorized to examine the books, papers and records of any employer, taxpayer or person subject to the provisions of this chapter, or of any employer, taxpayer or person he reasonably believes to be subject to the provisions of this chapter, for the purpose of verifying the accuracy of any return made, or, if no return was made, to ascertain the City tax due.  Every employer, supposed employer, taxpayer and supposed taxpayer shall furnish the Finance Director, or his duly authorized agent or employee in the Department of Taxation, within thirty (30) days following a written request by the Finance Director, or his duly authorized agent or employee in the Department of Taxation, the means, facilities and opportunity for making such examination and investigation as hereby authorized.
   (b)   The Finance Director, or his duly authorized agent or employee in the Department of Taxation, is authorized to examine any person, employer, or taxpayer under oath concerning any compensation or net profits which were or should have been returned for taxation or any City tax which was or should have been withheld or paid, and for this purpose, may compel by subpoena or otherwise the production of books, papers, records and federal and state income tax returns and records and the attendance of all persons before him, whether as parties or witnesses, whenever he believes such persons have knowledge of such compensation, net profits, information or documentation.
   (c)   All returns, investigations, examinations and hearings, and all information and documentation produced therewith, and all information and documentation gained as a result thereof are confidential except for official purposes and except in accordance with proper judicial order and shall be carefully preserved so that they shall not be available for inspection by or dissemination to anyone other than the proper officers, agents and employees of the City for official purposes.  Any person disclosing any such information or documentation is guilty of a misdemeanor of the 1st degree.  Each disclosure shall constitute a separate offense.  In addition to the above penalties, any officer, agent or employee of the City who violates any provision of this chapter relative to disclosures of confidential information shall be dismissed immediately from the service of the City. 
(Ord. 123-95.  Passed 11-27-95)