REVENUE AND TAXATION
63-3076. Penalty for divulging information. In regard to the administration of the taxes imposed by this chapter or by any other statute to which this section and section 63-3077, Idaho Code, expressly apply: (1) No state tax commissioner, deputy, or any clerk, agent, contractor or employee, or any centralized state computer facility employee or any person formerly employed in any such position shall knowingly divulge or make known to any person in any manner any tax return or tax information whatsoever obtained directly or indirectly by him in the discharge of his duties, except as provided by statute, court order or rules of the state tax commission promulgated under this section or section 63-3077, Idaho Code. (2) In any action or proceeding brought for the collection, remission, cancellation or refund of the whole or any part of a tax imposed under the provisions of this chapter, or for enforcing the penalties prescribed for making false or fraudulent returns, any and all information contained in such returns and tax information may be furnished or made accessible to the officers or representatives of the state or county charged with the duty of investigating, prosecuting or defending the same; and all such returns and tax information and the statements and correspondence relating thereto may be produced in evidence in any action or proceeding, civil or criminal, directly pertaining to such returns or the tax imposed on the basis of such return. In addition, the state tax commission may provide information in its possession to a law enforcement agency or prosecutor pursuant to the investigation or prosecution of an offense under section 18-915, 18-1353, 18-1353A, 18-1354, 18-1355 or 18-6710, Idaho Code, when the victim of such an offense is, or at the time of the action was, a member, employee or agent of the state tax commission.
(3) A copy of all or any portion of a federal return, or information reflected on such federal return, which may be attached to an Idaho return, or otherwise come into the possession of any commissioner, deputy, clerk, agent, contractor or employee, or any employee of a centralized state computer facility, shall not be disclosed in any manner whatsoever other than as authorized by this section.
(4) Any officer, agent, clerk, contractor or employee who knowingly violates any of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100) nor more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or by imprisonment for not more than five (5) years. Such officer, agent, clerk, contractor or employee upon such conviction shall also forfeit his office, employment or contract and shall be incapable of holding any public office in this state for a period of two (2) years thereafter. Nothing in this subsection shall limit the state tax commission's ability to take disciplinary actions authorized in chapter 53, title 67, Idaho Code. (5) As used in this section and section 63-3077, Idaho Code, the term:
(a) "Return" means any of the following whether required, provided for, or permitted by any statute administered by the state tax commission that is filed with the state tax commission by, for, or with respect to any person:
(i) Any tax or information return;
(ii) Declaration of estimated tax;
(iii) Claim for refund;
(iv) Any amendment or supplement thereto, including supporting schedules, attachments or lists that are supplemental to, or part of, the return.
(b) "Tax information" means:
(i) A taxpayer's identity;
(ii) The nature, source or amount of a taxpayer's income, payments, receipts, deductions, exemptions, credits, assets, liabilities, net worth, tax liability, tax withheld, deficiencies, overassessments or tax payments;
(iii) The status of the processing or investigation of the taxpayer's liability;
(iv) Any other data received by, recorded by, prepared by, furnished to or collected by the state tax commission with respect to a return or with respect to the determination of the existence, or possible existence, of liability, or the amount thereof, of any person pursuant to the laws administered by the state tax commission for any tax, penalty, interest, fine, forfeiture, other imposition or offense;
(v) Any part of a written determination, or documents relating to a written determination, that is not open to public inspection; and
(vi) Information filed with, or furnished to, the state tax commission by or for the taxpayer to whom the information relates that is not otherwise public information.
[63-3076, added 1959, ch. 299, sec. 76, p. 613; am. 1969, ch. 319, sec. 20, p. 982, am. 1978, chl. 108, sec. 1, p. 225; am. 1979, ch. 48, sec. 1, p. 137; am. 1993, ch. 94, sec. 8, p. 235; am. 2000, ch. 297, sec. 1, p. 1025.]