- Tax Audit Review Specialist
- What will I be doing?
- Do I qualify?
- Can I be successful?
- How do I apply?
This is advanced professional and specialized tax audit review work for the Department of Revenue.
An employee in this class conducts in-depth technical reviews of completed audits in a specialized tax area, such as state sales, use, withholding, corporate income, franchise, IFTA, motor fuel, cigarette and/or related taxes. Work involves reviewing audit workpapers for compliance with applicable statutes, adherence to established auditing procedures and submission of appropriate documentation, as well as making necessary corrections or returning workpapers for further processing. Work also involves serving as a technical expert in the interpretation and application of tax laws and regulations in a specialized area; making recommendations regarding tax audit policies, procedures and automation practices; and responding to technical inquiries from auditors, legal staff, taxpayers or their representatives regarding audits and tax issues. Supervision may be exercised over a small support staff. Work is performed under the general supervision of an administrative superior; however, the employee exercises a high degree of independence and initiative in the performance of assigned activities.
Reviews audit workpapers submitted by field staff for compliance with applicable statutes, adherence to established auditing procedures and submission of appropriate documentation; makes necessary corrections or returns workpapers for further processing.
Serves as a technical expert in the interpretation and application of tax laws in a specialized area.
Responds to technical inquiries from auditors, legal staff, taxpayers or their representatives regarding audits and tax issues.
Provides advice and support to management on matters relating to audit issues; makes recommendations regarding tax audit policies, procedures and automation practices.
Conducts formal training in specialized tax areas during centralized training programs for field audit staff.
Provides assistance and participates in the preparation of formal or contested cases; prepares and provides testimony; participates in hearings or settlement discussions.
Participates on task forces for the design and/or enhancement of computerized systems applicable to a specialized tax area.
Supervises a small support staff responsible for the initial review of audit workpapers for completeness and mathematical accuracy, calculation of tax interest, penalties and refunds; and maintenance of the audit tracking system.
Performs other related work as assigned.
The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility. Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement. These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)
One year of experience as a Tax Audit Supervisor or two years as a Tax Auditor III with the Missouri Department of Revenue.
Five years of professional tax auditing experience; and graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major specialization (approximately 24-30 semester hours) in accounting. (Graduate work in accounting may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for a maximum of two years of the required experience.)
Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.
Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?
Extensive knowledge of accounting principles and auditing standards and procedures.
Extensive knowledge of statutes, regulations and case law pertinent to tax compliance.
Extensive knowledge of computerized systems applicable to a specialized tax area.
Thorough knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet and database software packages associated with personal computers.
Working knowledge of the principles of management, supervision and training.
Highly skilled in the use of fact-finding and analytical audit techniques.
Ability to interpret, explain and apply pertinent case law, statutes, regulations and audit procedures.
Ability to communicate effectively and to prepare clear and concise reports.
Ability to prepare documentary evidence for and provide testimony in administrative or judicial hearings.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, auditors, taxpayers, their representatives, and others involved in the audit process.
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