Sales Tax Auditor I/II/III

Department/Agency of position: 
City of Brighton Finance Department
Location of position: 
Brighton, CO
Wage/Salary: 
$53,000.00 - $68,211.00
Date Posted: 
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Closing Date: 
Friday, June 28, 2019
Job Description: 

OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Hiring Range: Sales Tax Auditor I: $53,000 – $56,180 Sales Tax Auditor II: $57,750 – $61,215 Sales Tax Auditor III: $64,350 – $68,211

DEFINITION: Under specified direction performs a variety of professional level financial auditing functions to ensure compliance with the sales and use tax ordinances and policies of the City of Brighton.

Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from level I or, when filled from the outside, require previous and directly related experience.

Sales Tax Auditor I Under general supervision, this is the entry-level class in the Tax Auditor series. Incumbents in this class typically have limited related work experience and may be considered to be in a training capacity. The Tax Auditor I class is distinguished from level II by the performance of less than the full range of duties assigned to level II. Incumbents are expected to exercise more independence and initiative as processes and procedures of assigned area of responsibility are learned.

Sales Tax Auditor II Under general supervision, this is the journey-level class in the Tax Auditor series and is distinguished from level I by the ability to perform the full range of duties including audits with only occasional instruction or assistance as needed. Incumbents in this class must be able to work with independence and initiative.

Sales Tax Auditor III Under general direction, this is the advanced-level class in the Tax Auditor series and is distinguished from level II by the ability to perform the full range of duties, including complex audits, with little to no instruction or assistance. Incumbents in this class are expected to be fully knowledgeable about the City tax code and regulations and be able to perform the necessary research and make recommendations regarding taxation issues.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED AND RECEIVED: Receives direction from Controller.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Perform a variety of sales and use tax collection functions, to include review and evaluation of financial and operational records of businesses that operate in the City to determine compliance with the City of Brighton Sales and Use Tax Code rules and regulations and with applicable statutes. Schedule, plan, and perform sales and use tax compliance audits; examine taxpayer records at the places of business. Enter financial data in the computer; prepare spreadsheets and document information including sales receipts, deposits, tax returns, and payments. Analyze data to determine compliance with sales and use tax code. Determine taxes, interest, and penalties owed; write audit reports detailing and summarizing findings. Issue tax assessments; assist taxpayers and their representatives in person or on the telephone, answering questions and interpreting sales and use tax code; provide information on sales and use tax collection and reporting requirements. Review and process sales tax license applications. Research other municipal, state, and federal tax collection policies and procedures. Serve as City of Brighton representative in court proceedings relating to disputed tax assessments. Audit financial records of contractors performing major construction projects within the City. Review and make recommendations to update sales and use tax ordinances and regulations. Conduct annual Sales and Use Tax training programs for businesses. Review and process claims for sales/use tax refunds. Cooperate with and assist other tax auditors to identify problems and solutions and develop audit schedules. Assist in training and guiding new tax auditors as needed.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES Sales Tax Auditor I Knowledge of the policies, procedures, and goals of the City of Brighton and the Finance Department. Knowledge of the practices, principles, and theories of accounting including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards. Knowledge of City of Brighton tax auditing policies, goals and procedures. Skill in entering accurate financial data and tax information into database. Skill in overseeing tax licensing and collection processes. Skill in collecting delinquent tax accounts. Skill in utilizing and evaluated automated sales tax systems. Skill in performing complex mathematical computations accurately. Ability to develop and implement goals, policies, and procedures pertaining to tax collection. Ability to review, select, and assign tax accounts for audit. Ability to develop audit strategies and conduct tax audits. Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment. Ability to use standard office equipment, computer equipment and software including word processing, database management, spreadsheet applications and electronic mail. Ability to listen well and communicate effectively orally and in writing with various audiences. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City employees, other agencies, business owners, and the general public.

Sales Tax Auditor II In addition to previous requirements: Knowledge of state statutes, ordinances, and charter relating to municipal finance, tax collection, and tax auditing. Ability to review and make recommendations on tax ordinances and regulations.

Ability to use automated financial systems.  Ability to plan, schedule, and

perform sales and use tax audits. Ability to perform general accounting, tax licensing and collection processes. Ability to interpret, understand, and comply with complex laws, ordinances, regulations, standards, and guidelines relating to taxation.

Sales Tax Auditor III In addition to previous requirements: Knowledge of the practices and procedures of sales tax auditing including General Accepted Auditing Standards. Ability to perform complex audits in predominately any industry independently, and with little to no instruction or assistance. Physical ability to perform essential job functions; while performing duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk, hear, see and demonstrate manual dexterity. The employee is occasionally required to kneel, stoop, and perform light lifting up to 25 pounds.

QUALIFICATIONS: Education/Experience:

Sales Tax Auditor I Bachelor's degree in Accounting or related field from an accredited college or university; one year of related experience. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

Sales Tax Auditor II Bachelor's degree in Accounting or related field from an accredited college or university; two years of auditing experience and at least one year of sales and use tax audit experience. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

Sales Tax Auditor III Bachelor's degree in Accounting or related field from an accredited college or university; four years of auditing experience and at least two years of sales and use tax audit experience. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

Licensing/Certification Requirements: A Certified Public Accountant designation is preferred

Special Requirements: Possession of a valid Colorado Driver's License with a safe driving record. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred. Ability to complete FEMA ICS 100 and IS 700 training within six (6) months of hire.