The Commissioner of Revenue serves as the chief executive officer of the Alabama Department of Revenue. The commissioner is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the governor.
Julie Prendergast Magee was appointed Alabama Revenue Commissioner by Gov. Robert Bentley in January 2011, overseeing the collection of $9.8 billion in revenue annually. During her tenure as Commissioner, Magee has had the distinction of serving in leadership roles in the Federation of Tax Administrators, the Multistate Tax Commission, and the Southeastern Association of Tax Administrators. In February 2017, Magee was tapped by Gov. Bentley to serve as chair of the Alabama Grocery Tax Task Force, a group created by Executive Order 28 to review the state portion of taxes related to groceries and essential food products and recommend to the Governor and the Legislature changes that ensure a fair and equitable tax structure while encouraging a healthier Alabama. In addition to Magee's service on several significant commissions, task forces, and advisory councils, she provided expert testimony to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law in June 2015. She is an active participant on the Authentication and the Financial Services workgroups that are part of the IRS Security Summit, working with the IRS and industry partners to prevent ID theft and tax fraud. In September 2016, the IRS announced the selection of Magee to serve a three-year term on the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC), an organized public forum for discussion of electronic tax administration issues, including preventing identity theft and refund fraud. As head of the Department of Revenue, Magee serves on the Governor's Emergency Relief Fund, helping families and individuals across the state recover from devastating storms. Prior to her appointment as revenue commissioner, Magee was vice president of the Mobile-based InsTrust Insurance Group. Her 20-year career in the business community focused largely on competitive sales and market expansion in the insurance industry.