The focus of our department is to serve South Dakotans and to support government services by collecting all taxes required by law, supporting motor vehicle requirements, and regulating the gaming industry and state’s lottery to raise revenue for government programs. This is accomplished by providing taxpayers with current and complete information, education programs, and up-to-date technology to support tax filings, payments and motor vehicle registration. Our efforts have yielded high voluntary compliance rates in all areas and have promoted commitment, communication, and customer service.
We recognize our responsibilities to the taxpayers, and service is a priority. We are pleased to offer our professional services through the Internet and will continue to make progress while always promoting efficiency.
Our actions will comply with the statutory provisions of the State of South Dakota, and our duties under those statutes will be carried out in a fiscally responsible manner. Thank you for this opportunity to serve you.
Andy Gerlach was appointed Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Revenue in December of 2010 and officially assumed this role on May 23, 2011. Prior to becoming Secretary of Revenue, he served with the South Dakota Department of Military and Veteran's Affairs, first as Finance Officer and later as Deputy Secretary. He started his service to the state in 1993 as a Budget Analyst with the Bureau of Finance and Management.
Gerlach has served on many boards and committees including the South Dakota War Memorials Dedication Committee, the Pierre/Fort Pierre State Government United Way Advisory Board, South Dakota National Guard Museum Board of Directors, and Lutheran Memorial Church of Pierre Board of Trustees. His affiliations include the Federation of Tax Administrators, American Legion, and National Guard Officers Association.
A native of Armour, Gerlach earned his Bachelor’s degree from Northern State University. He continued his education earning a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Dakota and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. In 2013 he graduated from the Council of State Governments Henry Toll Fellowship Program. Gerlach is a Colonel in the South Dakota Army National Guard and has served in Afghanistan.