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Salary: $3,106.00 - $4,903.00
Posted: 12/07/2012

Job Description:
**IMPORTANT NOTICE** As required by the department's rules of conduct, all employees of the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) must be in compliance with the California revenue and taxation code. During the background investigation portion of the hiring process, FTB will review return information to verify California state income tax compliance. Any failure to comply with the California revenue and taxation code may prevent you from being hired at FTB. You must verify your filing status by calling 1-800-852-5711 to resolve any potential tax compliance issues, prior to submitting your application and seeking employment with FTB. All applicants not currently employed with the Franchise Tax Board will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation. The investigation will consist of completion of a pre-employment questionnaire, fingerprinting, and an inquiry to the Department of Justice to disclose criminal records. We comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Persons with hearing or speech impairments, call TTY/TDD (800) 735-2929.

Under the general direction of the Political Reform Audit Group Manager, Administrator II, Tax Auditors perform field audits of books, statements, and records supporting the statements and reports of candidates and their controlled committees, other committees, and lobbyists and their firms or employers filed under the Poltical Reform Act. You will be required to access information filed with the Secretary of State's office and local filing officials. You will also determine an effective scope of examination, develop facts and evidence, analyze and make correct technical conclusions, develop supporting audit workpapers, prepare audit reports, and close cases within required time frames. For the larger more complex audits, you may be the team lead or team member. You will be required to send written correspondence and conduct preliminary and post audit conferences in person.


  • Excellent analytical skills, including the ability to use good judgment when analyzing data and situations
  • Strong communicaiton skills, both verbal and written, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to responsibly manage a workload and meet specific deadlines
  • Ability to travel in-state (overnight) for periods up to a week at a time and work in a variety of work settings
  • Ability to maintian confidentiality for cases with inherent sensitivity
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility in adapting to frequent law and regulation changes
  • Willingness to be flexible in considering the input and recommendations of others
  • Knowledge of the California political process and filing requirements of candidates and commttees
  • Knowledge of the Political Reform Act
  • Experience in understanding and applying complex law and regulations
  • Willingness to work in a team environment to produce a quality product
  • Investigative nature or approach to problem solving

Current state employees with status in the above classification or lateral transfers from an equivalent class, former state employees who can reinstate into this class or persons who are reachable on a current employment list for this classification. A training and development assignment (T & D) will also be considered. All appointments are subject to SROA/Surplus hiring provisions. Surplus candidates must submit an application packet as outlined in this bulletin with a copy of their surplus status letter in order to be considered.

Interested applicants must submit a package containing ALL of the following items:

In order to be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a supplemental application. Your response must be no more than one type-written page in length, using 12-point Arial font, 1-inch standard margins and include your first and last name in the upper right-hand corner of each page. Respond to the following supplemental question:

  • Political Reform Tax Auditors at the Franchise tax Board are responsible for performing field audits of books and records supporting the statements and reports of candidates and committees. These audits require the auditor to perform a series of tasks and processes. Describe an example of your ability to resolve a problem or issue using a logical, systematic, sequential approach including:
    • How you identified the issue
    • What steps you took to resolve the problem
    • How you supported your conclusion
    • The outcome of your conclusion
  • For each statement above, include the following:
    • Years of experience and volume per year
    • Employer(s) name
    • Your position/title
    • Supervisor’s name who can verify the information

APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE THE POSITION NUMBER AND CONTACT PERSON’S NAME IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION. Candidates who submit incomplete packages will be eliminated from the selection process. FTB EMPLOYEES MUST HAND DELIVER OR ROUTE TO: Sharon Jacobson at M/S F-387. Candidates not currently employed by the Franchise Tax Board must send their application package to the address shown below. All submitted information will be screened and the most qualified candidates will be invited to an interview.

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
Political Reform Auditor 564 - 141 - 4362 - 001
Location County
Political Reform Audit Program SACRAMENTO
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
Exam Unit
P.O. Box 550
Sacramento, CA 95812-0550
Pamela Parra
(916) 845-4834

Special Requirements:
Background Check Required

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