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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 173M
Category: Financial Services


Within the Employment Security Department, serves as a designated lead worker for at least three subordinate Tax Specialists of which one must be at the Tax Specialist 3 - ES level and performs senior-level professional unemployment insurance (UI) tax duties in the central office tax unit; OR, serves as the principal assistant to the administrator of a district tax office where there is not an assigned assistant administrator; OR, serves as the designated audit program specialist responsible for coordinating the audit program for a district tax office.

Typical Work

Assigns, reviews and monitors work of professional staff;

Monitors and evaluates unit operations and aids in the formulation of tax procedures and processes to ensure compliance and attainment of federal DLA's and agency standards;

Assists in developing training plans and trains tax staff in laws, rules, policies and procedures;

Investigates and reviews waiver requests and approves or denies in accordance with RCW's and WAC's;

In complex cases, acts as inter-agency liaison, coordinates appeals with the Office of Administrative Hearings and acts as the department expert witness;

Conducts testing of the annual tax rate run process and audits the quarterly benefit charges for system integrity and accuracy;

Provides expert technical assistance and training to District Tax Offices, JSC's, employers and employer representatives;

Assists in drafting UI Circulars, Tax Branch Circulars, and Tax Branch Memorandum;

Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: theory and practice of accounting and auditing; departmental laws and rules relating to Unemployment Compensation; office policies and procedures.

Ability to: provide technical assistance to employers in establishing appropriate account reporting requirements; analyze employer accounts and financial statements and make proper determinations; establish and maintain effective working relationships; write clear and concise correspondence and reports.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

One year as a Tax Specialist 3 - ES or two years as a Tax Specialist 2 - ES.


A Bachelor's degree which includes a minimum of 12 semester or 18 quarter hours of college-level accounting and three years of professional accounting or auditing experience.

Additional professional-level accounting or auditing experience will substitute, year for year, for education except for the 12 semester or 18 quarter hours of college-level accounting. 

NOTE:  Only accounting courses transferable to a Washington State degree granting institution will be acceptable as equivalent college-level accounting.

Class Specification History

New class: 10-15-93
New class code: (formerly 16145) effective July 1, 2007