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Job Title:  Tax Auditor I/II
Salary:  $58,200 – $76, 320/ year
Entity:  City of Renton
Closing Date:  7/21/2019


The City of Renton is recruiting for a Tax & Licensing Auditor at the I or II level to join our Administrative Services department. The ideal candidate will have strong analytical skills, initiative, and the ability to effectively communicate technical topics. This position is part of a team that focuses on City Tax and License requirements including, B&O Tax, Utility Tax, Gambling Tax and Business Licensing.

This position is part of a series; placement at the I, or II level depends on the education, experience, and skill set of the incumbent. The Tax & Licensing Auditor I is an entry-level classification with responsibility for assisting in day to day operations and ensuring compliance with City code which will include: assisting in performing audits, reviewing tax returns for accuracy and researching tax and license requirement to assist taxpayers. The Tax & Licensing Auditor II is a mid-level classification with responsibility for performing audits independently and assisting with research and analysis for more complex audits and related projects.

Tax & Licensing Auditor I: $58,200-70,932 / year
Tax & Licensing Auditor II: $62,748-76,320 / year

In addition to the above salary, the City of Renton contributes 4% of employee salary to a Deferred Compensation account.

Reports To: Tax and Licensing Program Manager
Supervises: None

Primary Duties

Essential Functions:
Collaborate with other City departments to ensure all requirements are met for the Rental Registration Program.
Assess and review a variety of tax returns for accuracy and proper classification and reporting; contact taxpayer for additional information as needed.
Independently examine taxpayer’s financial records to compile, manage, and prioritize information needed to determine total gross and taxable income; identify unreported income; determine correct amount of business taxes due to the City.
Recommend tax accounts for auditing; determine audit subjects, scope, depth and appropriate examination procedures.
Work with delinquent taxpayers, property owners, and unregistered businesses to promote tax filing and license registration compliance.
Review and audit rental registration documents.
Conduct audit assignments of small to medium complexity and size in accordance with Generally Accepted Auditing Standards, City Code, applicable state and federal laws and prevailing court decisions; conduct entrance conference with taxpayers to discuss the depth and scope of the audit; communicate with taxpayers to fully develop pertinent facts and information; conduct exit conferences to report findings and discuss issues and adjustments.
Prepare clear and comprehensive audit reports; present audit scope and reasoning used in reaching decisions, prepare working papers and other supporting documentation.
Process manually filed returns by ensuring information is recorded in the City’s tax and licensing program. Assist with recording quarterly and annual payments.
Review accounts for closure requests and update taxpayer records; perform contract clearances and bankruptcy investigations.
Maintain confidential tax information, pursuant to the requirements of application state law and city code, and prevent unlawful disclosure of the same.
Monitor and reconcile account balances; prepare necessary adjusting entries.
Process refund requests, balance due billings, assess penalties and interest, review waiver requests, monitor and process journal entries for business tax accounts, monitor quarterly and annual business filings for accuracy.
Answer taxpayer inquiries over the phone, via email and in person; respond to questions and inquiries from City staff, management and taxpayers concerning the City’s business tax and licenses, and provide guidance with all tax filings as appropriate.
Provide appropriate notifications and other correspondence to taxpayers and other stakeholders.
Remain current with relevant technological advancements as it relates to this field.
Maintain regular, reliable, and punctual attendance, work evening and/or weekend hours as assigned, and travel as required.
Standard Functions:
Perform other duties as assigned.
May be assigned to support critical city priorities during disasters or other emergencies.


Bachelor’s degree in Accounting (or other Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 24 semester or 36 quarter hours of college level accounting)
0-1 year of revenue auditing experience and/or 1 year of Washington Municipal B&O Tax experience.
Or 4-5 years combined relevant education and experience.
Valid driver’s license.
Successful passing of a required background check and credit check.

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