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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 172O
Category: Financial Services


In the Department of Revenue, has direct responsibility for developing and implementing specific functions or projects within a section of the division. Supervises, directs, and controls the activities of excise tax examiners and support staff;


Serves as liaison to other internal divisions to revise WAC and other related administrative publications and assists in responding to inquiries relating to legal or policy issues;


Serves as an expert field auditor conducting unclaimed property on-site audits of the largest and most complex organizations (i.e. over 100 employees):


Serves as a business systems analyst for tax accounting systems. 

Provides authoritative information and guidance to staff on analysis of taxpayer reporting or accounting methods and acts as a divisional or departmental representative to taxpayers, the general public, the news media, financial institutions, local government or others.   

Implements new laws, policies, procedures, directives and plans.  Plans and establishes work assignments to maintain balanced workloads or to redirect staff efforts based on workloads in other units/section.  Initiates or participates in systems and process redesign for re-engineering.   

Develop, monitor, review and coordinate training to staff or other agency personnel on programs or functions within the unit, section or division. 

Typical Work

Supervises, evaluates, assigns and reviews work of subordinate examiners in proper allocation of monies, control of  assessments and warrants examination of taxpayer  or unclaimed property accounts and proper reporting of liability due;  

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

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

Supervises the training of subordinate employees;  

Authorized to grant or deny exception to standard reporting and payment, waiver of penalty or interest charges, or requests for exemption;  

Approves refunds between $10,000 and $25,000 or as increased by approval authority;  

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: theory and practice of accounting and auditing; Washington Revenue Act of 1935, as amended; rules, policies and procedures of the Department of Revenue; or general investigative techniques; unclaimed property laws, probate laws governing escheats, descent and distribution, wills, duties of personal representative, and legislative process. 

Ability to: analyze and interpret complex accounts and records; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; plan and direct the activities of a work unit. 

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 an Excise Tax Examiner 3.  


Two years Department of Revenue experience at the senior or lead level in accounting, auditing, compliance or tax administration, provided 12 semester (18 quarter) hours accounting course work has been completed.  


Three years of experience at the senior or lead level in accounting, compliance, auditing, or tax administration, provided 12 semester (18 quarter) hours of accounting course work has been completed. 

Class Specification History

New class adopted July 13, 1979.
Revise class. Revises definition; adopted September 14, 1990.
Revise class. Revises definition, distinguishing characteristics, minimum qualifications; adopted June 11, 1999, effective July 1, 1999.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 15260), general revision, revises definition; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.