Tax Auditor Ii (limited Duration)

Arlington, Virginia
$53,393.60 - $81,598.40 Annually
Sep 20, 2019
Oct 25, 2019
Audit and Tax
Full Time
Position Information

The Business Tax Division of the office of Commissioner of Revenue is seeking a Tax Auditor II to coordinate and conduct private sector business license and business tangible property tax audits. This position will also audit financial reports regarding the Custodial Tax Program such as meals tax, transient occupancy tax, cigarette tax, and short-term rental tax collected by merchants on behalf of the Commissioner of Revenue to ensure tax compliance with current County and State statutes.

Specific duties include:
  • Developing tax audit work plans and project timetables and leading tax audits in field investigations;
  • Determining audits objective, scope, strategies, and procedures;
  • Reviewing financial reports from external consultants, banks, accountants, the Internal Revenue Service and corporate attorneys;
  • Interpreting and evaluating internal controls policies and procedures;
  • Developing and preparing interim and final audit findings reports;
  • Researching and compiling background information and code references, and preparing responses to audit findings appeals;
  • Serving as technical resource to staff in the resolution of complex inquiries;
  • Assisting in analyzing proposals, recommending amendments to the County Board taxation ordinances and may propose State and County legislation/regulation;
  • Assisting in conducting statistical analysis;
  • Assisting customers in obtaining or renewing business licenses and explaining business tangible or miscellaneous custodial tax rules;
  • Consulting with customers, resolving legal and fiscal issues, involving investigation, research, and recommendations;
  • Answering inquiries from customers concerning sensitive issues, County policy, and providing information concerning existing, new or planned programs; and
  • Meeting with business representatives to disseminate information concerning the office's tax program and to encourage full, voluntary cooperation.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, business administration, public administration or related field, plus two years of recent tax investigation/auditing experience in either a private, public or governmental environment.

Technical experience may be in the following areas:
  • Business tax inspection;
  • Tax auditing or assessment or account monitoring and reconciliation.

Desirables: Preference will be given to applicants one or more of the following:
  • Conducting financial tax audit investigations;
  • Assisting/preparing tax audit work plans;
  • Experience with federal, state and local business tax regulations;
  • Performing statistical analysis;
  • Certified Public Accountant;
  • Working with the legal structure of diverse business entities;
  • Working with federal government contracts;
  • Financial regulatory compliance (filing company taxes; making decisions based on tax implications of those decisions); and/or
  • Using Microsoft Office Suite.

Special Requirements

The applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's licenses from the applicant's place of residence or the applicant must have the ability and willingness to use alternative methods of transportation to perform assigned duties and responsibilities at locations other than the primary worksite. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment is contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Additional Information

Work Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered. In order to receive full credit for your experience, please ensure that you have included details of all relevant work experience on your application and have completed the Supplemental Questionnaire in its entirety.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


What is your highest level of education?
  • High School or equivalent
  • Some College
  • AA or 60 semester hours (90 Quarter hours)
  • BA/BS in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, Public Administration or related field
  • BA/BS not related to position
  • Master's Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, Public Administration or related field
  • Master's Degree not related to position


How much full-time experience conducting financial tax investigation/auditing work in either a private, public or governmental environment do you have?
  • None
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 but less than 2 years
  • 2 but less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more


Please Check ALL which describe your experience.
  • Conducting financial tax audit investigations
  • Assisting/preparing tax audit work plans
  • Experience with Federal, state and local business tax regulations
  • Performing statistical analysis
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Working with the legal structure of diverse business entities
  • Working with federal government contracts
  • Financial regulatory compliance (filing company taxes; making decisions based on tax implications of those decisions)
  • Using Microsoft Office Suite
  • None of the above


If you did not provide detailed information in your application, please use the space below to describe in full detail the experiences checked on question #3.


Are you a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)?
  • Yes
  • No

Required Question