State of Washington Classified Job Specification
TAX POLICY SPECIALIST 1
In the Department of Revenue, Tax Policy and Administration Branch, under general supervision, researches, develops, analyzes, implements, or interprets tax policy.
Incumbents at the Tax Policy Specialist 1 level perform professional work under general supervision in various tax policy disciplines.
Legislation and Policy Division: Incumbents assist higher level Tax Policy Specialists in the implementation and integration of new tax programs or changes to existing programs. Incumbents participate in analyzing proposed tax legislation, and formulating and presenting policy options to executive management and legislative staff.
Research Division: Incumbents are assigned responsibility for subdivisions of a tax program or tax operation area and conduct studies of major importance. Incumbents assist in conceptualization and review of all aspects of studies to include assessment of impacts and policy implications from the agency perspective. Incumbents assist in the development of policy options based on sound tax policy and participate in advising executive management and legislative staff on impacts of policy options.
Legal positions - Legislation and Policy Division & Interpretation and Appeals Division: This level is used to recruit and train qualified legal applicants. Incumbents are placed in in-training appointments in accordance with merit system rules.
Assists in the coordinating, integrating, and monitoring of complex tax policy analysis and tax program implementation;
Assists in planning, integrating, and monitoring results of Department of Revenue tax administration among functional sections;
Assists in establishing and maintaining records of tax program workflow costs and production statistics;
Assists in the development of proposed policy options and evaluates existing policies by means of statistical, survey, mathematical, and other scientific methods of analysis;
Assists in the design and implementation of tax incidence, econometric, forecasting, and simulation models;
Analyzes Washington State tax research and other economic data bases; oversees collection, analysis, and reporting of tax data;
In an in-training capacity, assists in the drafting of rules to be adopted as part of the Washington Administrative Code for all revenue acts administered by the agency;
In an in-training capacity, assists in performing legal research relating to proposed tax legislation or taxpayer appeals of Departmental actions;
In an in-training capacity, assists in the preparation of draft decisions and determinations for less complex taxpayer appeals;
Performs other work as required.
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.
For Legislation & Policy positions:
A Bachelor's degree in business or public administration, accounting, public finance or closely allied field
three years of professional experience in tax administration, tax auditing, tax collection, or tax program/policy analysis.
A Master's degree or equivalent in a Ph.D. program in business or public administration, accounting, public finance, or closely allied field will substitute for two years of experience.
For Research positions:
A Bachelor's degree in economics, public finance or closely allied field
three years of professional experience in economic analysis or tax program/policy analysis.
A Master's degree or equivalent in a Ph.D. program in economics, public finance, or closely allied field will substitute for two years of experience.
A Ph.D. degree in economics, public finance, or closely allied field will substitute for experience.
For Legal positions:
Admission to practice law in the State of Washington; or graduation from an accredited school of law and current admission to practice before the highest court of a state.
Class Specification History
New class adopted July 15, 1994.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 15410); adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.