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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 155C
Category: Financial Services


This is the senior, specialist, or leadworker level of the series. In addition to the work assignments received from the Field Audit Manager, these positions develop leads that can be used to create audit assignments. Positions deal with the largest, most complex business firms, conducting in-depth, thorough reviews of business activities and tax reporting practices.

Positions are responsible for the development of audit plans and procedures and assist in the development of plans for others, senior auditors provide guidance, participate in the training of new auditors or peers, and are directly responsible for the outcome of these audits. The format and content of the work product is subject to approval by the Field Audit Manager. These auditors receive limited supervision, independently set priorities, and make decisions that commit the agency to a tax policy position through their audit reports.

Typical Work

Assists with training of lower level auditors;

Conducts audits at out-of-state locations with responsibility for all audit work and establishing nexus (Washington’s right to tax the transaction);

Designs a managed audit plan for taxpayers to follow and oversees the work of taxpayers and their accounting staff;

Provides instruction to taxpayers on how to comply with Washington’s tax laws through Consultation Visits and Business Outreach Workshops;

Uses wide variety of accounting software for purposes of obtaining data electronically from taxpayers to perform advanced statistical and nonstatistical sampling;

Develops and maintains software programs for use by all auditors in audit sampling, audit field work, and audit reports;

Develops technical training programs and teaches auditors in a classroom setting;

Provides audit guidance, assists other auditors in the acquisition, refinement and analysis and conversion of electronic accounting data received in diverse electronic formats from taxpayers; involved in the refinement and analysis of the data;

Develops statistical sampling plans; and statistically evaluates results;

Acts for the audit supervisor;

Acts as the auditor responsible for team audits; functions as the auditor-in charge-providing guidance, overview, direction and leadership to all involved staff;

Assists managers in interviewing prospective new hires and evaluating the work performance of lower-level auditors;

Authorized to use Data Warehouse software and Audit Plan database to apply best audit selection practices; develops and maintains software programs to use by all auditors in audit sampling, audit field work, and audit reports; develops technical training programs and teaches auditors in a classroom setting;

Provides assistance to auditors in communication with the taxpayer’s Information Systems personnel in obtaining electronic data.

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

Most positions require a Bachelor’s degree with a major in accounting or other related field which included 24 semester or 36 quarter hours of college level accounting and three to four years of professional auditing or accounting experience. Professional accounting or auditing experience can substitute year for year for education but not for the credit hours in accounting.

Class Specification History

New class replaces 15330 Revenue Auditor 4; effective January 1, 2006.