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Salary: $3,106.00 - $5,050.00
Posted: 03/10/2014

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 direction of an administrator, the Tax Auditor conducts the least to moderately difficult audits, independently plans and organizes multiple audits to complete them in an efficient manner as outlined in our regulations, obtains and analyzes facts and makes appropriate determinations that are fair and impartial, conducts research of various sources, and communicates findings in writing and verbally in a complete and concise manner.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills to obtain cooperation from taxpayers and representatives.
  • Strong analytical skills, including the ability to analyze information and draw sound, well documented conclusions.
  • Good organization and time management skills.
  • Ability to be flexible in response to changing workloads and priorities.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to gather information from multiple sources, understand and interpret tax law, contracts, and documents and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Ability to travel to conduct field audits.
  • Experience using Microsoft Desktop Products, such as Outlook, Excel, and Word.
  • Energetic with a positive attitude.
  • Working knowledge of tax law.
  • Proficient in tax law and general research.
  • Experience working with personal income taxes.
  • Experience auditing or conducting financial examinations of taxpayer's accounts and records.

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) may 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 ALL of the following documents:

In order to be considered for this position, interested applicants must submit a supplemental application. Your response must be no more than two type-written pages in length, using 12-point font (Arial or Times New Roman), 1 inch margins and include your first and last name in the upper right-hand corner of each page. Respond to the following supplemental statement:

  • As a tax auditor, you can be in an adversarial relationship with taxpayers and their representatives. Please discuss a situation which required you to present an unfavorable outcome to another party to resolve a problem. Make sure to explain:

    • What were the factors to this problem?
    • What steps did you take to resolve the problem?
    • How did you persuade the other party to agree with you?
    • What was the final outcome?

*A completed application includes the position title, position number and contact person’s name in the job title line, and must be signed. Candidates who do not submit all of the required documents (incomplete application packages) will be eliminated from the selection process. All submitted information will be screened and the most qualified candidates will be invited to an interview. FTB EMPLOYEES MUST HAND DELIVER OR ROUTE TO: Nawal Freij at M/S F-310. Candidates not currently employed by the Franchise Tax Board must send their application package to the address shown below. Multiple positions may exist for this vacancy.

RPA #1314-3844 & 3845

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
Desk Tax Auditor 564 - 348 - 4362 - 001
Location County
Federal State Special Audit Section/ Revenue Agent Report 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
Nawal Freij
(916) 845-7818

Special Requirements:
Background Check Required

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