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It shall be unlawful for the collector or any person having an administrative duty under the provisions of this chapter to make known in any manner whatever the business affairs, operations, or information obtained by an investigation of records and equipment of any person required to obtain a license, or pay a license tax, or any other person visited or examined in the discharge of official duty, or the amount of source of income, profits, losses, expenditures, or any particular thereof, set forth in any statement or application, or to permit any statement or application or copy of either or any book containing any abstract or particulars thereof to be seen or examined by any person. Divulgence of any such information shall be grounds for disciplinary action pursuant to the personnel code of the city; provided that nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent:
(A) The disclosure to, or the examination of, records and equipment by another city official, employee, or agent for collection of taxes for the sole purpose of administering or enforcing any provisions of this chapter or collecting taxes imposed hereunder.
(B) The disclosure of information to, or the examination of, records by federal or state officials, or the tax officials of another city or county, or city and county, if a reciprocal arrangement exists, or to a grand jury of court of law, upon subpoena.
(C) The disclosure of information and results of examination of records of particular taxpayers, to a court of law in a proceeding brought to determine the existence or amount of any license tax liability of the particular taxpayers to the city.
(D) The disclosure after the filing of a written request to that effect, to the taxpayer, or to his successors, receivers, trustees, executors, administrators, assignees, and guarantors, if directly interested, of information as to the items included in the measure of any paid tax, any unpaid tax, or amount of tax required to be collected, interest and penalties; further provided, however, that the city attorney approves each such disclosure and that the collector may refuse to make any disclosure referred to in this paragraph when in his/her opinion the public interest would suffer thereby.
(E) The disclosure of the names and addresses of persons to whom licenses have been issued and the general type or nature of their business.
(F) The disclosure by way of public meeting or otherwise of such information as may be necessary to the city council in order to permit it to be fully advised as to the facts when a taxpayer files a claim for refund of license taxes, or submits an offer of compromise with regard to claim asserted against him/her by the city for license taxes, or when acting upon any other matter.
(G) The disclosure of general statistics regarding taxes collected or business done in the city. (Ord. 1354, 4-10-1984)