Tax Auditor 1 (Tax Auditor Entry underfill) in Salem
Revenue-Personal Tax & Compliance - Salem, OR

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The Oregon Department of Revenue is currently recruiting for several TAX AUDITOR 1 positions to join our Personal Tax and Compliance Division in Salem.

This recruitment is OPEN UNTIL FILLED. The first review of applications will take place on February 19, 2013. If we are unable to fill all vacancies from the first review, additional reviews will be made until current vacancies are filled.

The Tax Auditor 1 audits the financial records, tax returns and tax records of personal, partnership and corporation tax returns for compliance with Federal and State income tax laws. The Tax Auditor 1 also represents the agency at hearings, updates and maintains policies, forms and systems, provides training to other auditors, serves as a mentor for Tax Auditor Trainees and coordinates special compliance projects.

This recruitment has an underfill option as a Tax Auditor Entry. If the applicant pool of qualified candidates is inadequate to fill the positions at the Tax Auditor 1 level, underfill applicants will be considered. We encourage applicants who meet the qualifications for the Tax Auditor Entry to apply. Employees hired into the Entry level position will be re-classified to the Tax Auditor 1 upon gaining regular status and meeting the minimum qualifications for that classification.

These positions are full time, SEIU represented positions. This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified people to fill current vacancies and may be used to fill other vacancies in these locations as they occur over the next six months.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Select for examination from a group of returns which have been determined to have met the section's operational plan. Determines the correctness of businesses reported on individual income tax returns by examination of the financial books and records, including tracing receipts and expenses, and vouching to and from source documents. Evaluates internal controls to determine if they are sufficient to properly account for income and expenses. Ensures that the accounting transactions conform with generally accepted accounting principles as well as state, federal, and local tax laws, rules and regulations by reviewing treatment of issues or returns. Duties may include the examination of partnership, fiduciary, estate, and S or C Corporation returns. (Examinations of multiple entity returns will not be performed more than 35 percent of time available for conducting examinations of all types of entities.)

Develops preaudit analysis, identifies issues, and schedules the necessary appointments. Designs audit programs and performs sampling techniques in order to test the accounting system.

Reviews and analyzes legal and financial documents on paper or on-line, contracts, corporation minute documents, and partnership agreements and other records as required. Evaluates the economic reality of transactions.

Researches tax law, regulations, Revenue Rulings, and applicable federal and Oregon court decisions by using reference material accessible on both paper and/or on-line computer systems to recognize, and resolve tax issues. Develops the position with respect to certain tax issues that may help establish the department's audit policy.

Obtains third party information through confirmation, subpoena, public records, business practices and procedures, to establish a true financial picture of the taxpayer or a transaction.

Prepares audit work papers, audit reports, and makes changes to a taxpayer's return into an on-line computer system. Such work paper includes a full disclosure of the scope and techniques used in the examination, and information to support the auditor's conclusions and opinions, and full explanation to any changes made to taxpayer's taxable income and tax liability.

Represents the department's audit position on appealed audit cases at conferences, and at hearings by presenting the issues, facts, law citations, and closing statements. Testifies in Oregon Tax Court as an expert witness.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
Frequent communication by telephone or face-to-face with taxpayers who have received billings initiated by the auditor. Other working conditions include continuous key boarding to enter data to or retrieve data from a personal computer. The position routinely requires sitting and concentrating for long periods of time, long periods of reading technical materials, continuous handling and carrying folders up to 10 lbs. and sorting through many pages of documents. Occasionally, an auditor must drive or walk to the location of the taxpayer’s records and working at that location (taxpayer’s home or place of business or third party locations such as accountant’s office, banks, courthouses, etc.) is common. However, most work will be conducted by correspondence and telephone from Salem. Overnight travel is occasionally required, and travel at times in adverse weather conditions.

Qualifications & Desired Attributes:

Tax Auditor 1 ($3,484 - $5,098 Monthly)
One year of work experience in auditing, drafting rules or legislation, providing law training, or developing tax forms or instructions. this experience must have been for Oregon income tax, corporate excise tax, another state or city with an income tax structure similar to Oregon, or Federal income tax.
AND one of the following:

A Bachelor's degree with at least 24 quarter hours (16 semester hours) in accounting;
OR
24 quarter hours in accounting and 2 years of work experience doing either compliance work in a tax program or professional accounting. The experience must include full-cycle bookkeeping and at least two of the following areas: cash receipts; cash disbursements; cost accounting; journal entries; operation of a general ledger system and subsidiary accounts; posting and closing a full set of books; or preparation of a trial balance.

Tax Auditor Entry ($2,775 - $4,019 Monthly)
A Bachelor's degree with at least 24 quarter hours (16 semester hours) in accounting:
OR
24 quarter hours in accounting and two years of experience doing either compliance work in a tax program or professional accounting. The experience must include full-cycle bookkeeping and at least two of the following areas: cash receipts; cash disbursements; cost accounting; journal entries; operation of a general ledger system and subsidiary accounts; posting and closing a full set of books; or preparation of a trial balance.

For both the Tax Auditor 1 level and the Tax Auditor Entry level, o fficial or unofficial transcripts must be attached to your application for all required and/or related courses. Transcripts must clearly show 1) the name of the applicant; 2) the name and address of the institution; 3) the degree received and; 4) the required courses completed with a passing grade.

To work for the Department of Revenue you must comply with all income tax laws. This means that the department will check to see if you have filed Oregon income tax returns and made arrangements to pay any outstanding liabilities before offering you a position.

These positions require a valid driver's license and acceptable driving record. Applicants will also be subject to a criminal history check which may include fingerprinting and a DMV check. Circumstances of any criminal conviction will be reviewed to determine whether an applicant is accepted for employment.

Additional Information:

To apply for this position, follow the “Apply” link above to complete the Oregon Employment Application online. All application materials must be received by the closing date/time posted.

Only complete applications will be considered. Be sure to answer all supplemental questions and attach any required documents. Responses to the “Supplemental Questions” will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications and desired attributes for the position. Qualified applicants whose responses most closely match the desired attributes for the position will be invited to interview. Transcripts must be submitted to receive credit for higher education coursework (official or unofficial at the time of application).

The state of Oregon requires all applications have a valid email address. Communication to applicants from the Dept. of Revenue will be done via email.

If you do not currently have an email address and do not know where to go to get one please refer to our Applicant E-Recruit FAQ's web page question #14 to view several internet providers where you can get a free e-mail account. The state of Oregon does not endorse any particular provider.

To work for the Department of Revenue you must comply with all income tax laws. This means that the department will check to see if you have filed Oregon income tax returns and made arrangements to pay any outstanding liabilities before offering you a position.

Applicants will also be subject to a criminal history check which may include fingerprinting. Circumstances of any criminal conviction will be reviewed to determine whether an applicant is accepted for employment.

Please be aware that due to the economic downturn and subsequent state budget short-fall, this position may be subject to cost reductions including mandatory unpaid time off. The pay and benefits on all announcements may change without notice.

If you have a disability or otherwise require an application in an alternate format in order to complete the process, you may contact us at:

Oregon Department of Revenue
Human Resources Rm. 135
Salem, OR 97301
Phone (503) 945-8547
Fax (503) 947-2047

Oregon Dept. of Revenue is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

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