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Title:  Tax Examiner IV

Application Deadline Date:  01/27/2021
Req ID:  11621
Department:  Taxes

Montpelier, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $22.36


Taxpayer assistance, education, review and auditing work for the Vermont Department of Taxes. This position involves interaction with taxpayers and/or taxpayer representatives regarding tax obligations and filings, business registrations and filing requirements. Incumbents in this class are expected to resolve tax issues with the highest degree of difficulty and complexity. Incumbents in this class deal with all tax types and audit programs administered by the Vermont Department of tax, which often have the highest degree of difficulty and complexity. Incumbents in this class are expected to perform assignments with a high degree of independence. Incumbents in this class work with minimal supervision. Work is performed under the supervision of an administrative supervisor.


Examples of Work:

Analysis and review of the most complicated taxpayer returns for proper preparation, accuracy and compliance with Vermont tax laws and regulations. Drafts correspondence to contact taxpayers or their representatives as required. Routinely prepares assessments and other adjustments for additional taxes, and may review and approve refund requests. Provides taxpayers with information specific to their type of business. Identify chronic non-filers by using department records, grand lists, voter check lists, permits and property transfers. Promptly responds to calls and correspondence from taxpayers and/or their representatives regarding their tax returns or audit assessments, providing answers and explanations that are clear, concise and easy to understand on complex tax issues. Monitors business registrations and licensing, providing answers to questions which arise during the registration process. Properly research and interpret Federal and Vermont tax law, regulations and policies with the highest degree of difficulty to advise taxpayers of the implications of the laws and regulations to their specific situation or type of business. Performs complex audits with high degree of difficulty and routinely examines banking records, invoices, ledgers, and other common accounting records and receipts. Reviews returns to correctly determine claimant's eligibility for rebate programs and approve tax credits. Suggest legislative changes to supervisor to improve administration of programs and credits. May provide assistance to town clerks and listers with the filing of Homestead Declarations. Organize, prepare and present seminars, workshops and training programs for the general public and/or special interest groups. Routinely works to ensure compliance of the taxpayers through education and awareness of the pertinent laws and regulations. Routinely reviews and evaluates letters of appeal received from taxpayers, CPA's, attorneys, etc. Arrive at a determination and respond promptly offering a clear concise explanation supporting the decision with proper reference to the applicable statute. Attends and provides information at informal or formal hearings on tax delinquency matters when required. May serve as a Department witness and testify at informal or formal hearings. May be responsible for preparing reports on certain tax types on a monthly basis. May act as a lead examiner, training and assisting other examiners with inquires and questions. Responsible for the annual review and update of the applicable tax forms. May analyzes the capabilities of the Department's computer systems, reviews the user requirements, designs new queries and contributes toward the resolution or correction of processing deficiencies. Identifies deficiencies and system defects and details the issues for the IT staff. Provides input on enhancing or improving the use of existing computer system/data bases. May prepare and update procedures for the Division. Oversees the testing required for the annual review and upgrade of the computer system. Performs other related duties as required.

Who May Apply

This position, Tax Examiner IV (Job Req #11621), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

Please Note: This position is being recruited at multiple levels. If you would like to be considered for more than one level, you MUST apply to the specific Job Requisition. 


Level III: Job Requisition 11421


Level IV: Job Requisition 11621


Level V: Job Requisition 11622


If you would like more information about this position, please contact James.Whitehouse@vermont.gov.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.


VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF TAXES (VDT) BACKGROUND CHECKS:  This position will primarily support the Department of Taxes. Candidates must agree to be fingerprinted and pass a background check to be eligible for this position, which will involve access to sensitive federal tax information. Background checks are required by the Internal Revenue Service and are authorized under Vermont law. 3 V.S.A. § 241. In accordance with VDT Standard Operating Procedure 2018-01, Background Investigations, Vermont and national criminal record checks will be conducted on all candidates. This requirement shall not apply to the following: current classified State employees seeking transfer, promotion, or demotion into a VDT classified position, or those who are exercising re-employment (RIF) rights. Candidates will have the right to withdraw their application before fingerprinting or a background check is conducted.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed in a standard office setting. Workload pressure may vary over time. Incumbents must be able to concentrate on details and perform accurate work in the face of frequent interruptions. Human relations skills may be needed to deal with the general public. Stressful situations and strong differences of opinion with taxpayers or their representatives may occur. Some travel for work may be required. Pressure from work deadlines is predictable.

Minimum Qualifications

Licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) AND two (2) years or more of professional level experience in tax examination, accounting, auditing or business administration.


Bachelor's degree or higher AND one (1) year or more of professional level experience in tax examination, accounting, auditing or business administration.


Associate's degree with courses in accounting, finance, business administration, taxation AND three (3) years or more of professional level experience in tax examination, accounting, auditing or business administration.


Two (2) year or more of experience as a Tax Examiner III.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

Nearest Major Market: Barre
Nearest Secondary Market: Montpelier