Tax Compliance Officer

The Tax Compliance Officer performs difficult professional and skilled technical work conducting detailed discovery and in-depth, objective, confidential evaluations and tax compliance audits and related fieldwork on all businesses operating a fiduciary or property taxable operation in Shenandoah County; conducts discovery and client selection, and performs research to resolve taxation issues; does related work as required. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Commissioner of the Revenue. Limited supervision is exercised over subordinate staff.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily. The County provides reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary functions herein described.

  • Receives, processes, examines, and audits business tax returns and related accounting records and financial information to ensure compliance with applicable County and State laws and regulations.
  • Conducts independent, objective audits of an entity’s financial statements through the use of third-party source documents, federal and state tax returns, excise tax filings, industry ratio analysis, and comparisons and other related records for the purpose of attesting the completeness and accuracy of business tax filings and compliance with taxation and reporting requirements.
  • Conducts discovery and client selection through the use of risk analysis, in-house client files, on-site visitation, observation, and other related techniques and fraud identification processes.
  • Assists taxpayers with difficult and complex questions regarding business property and related taxes.
  • Ensures files contain accurate information; makes changes to records and files as appropriate.
  • Prepare and oversees the maintenance of records and the preparation of periodic and special reports.
  • Compiles statistics and prepares reports on activities.
  • Assists taxpayers with tax questions and delinquent tax problems; prepares abatements and exonerations.
  • Assists with the preparation of the tax books.
  • Reviews tax-exempt entities for continued eligibility.
  • Assists with the discovery of untaxed or underreported business or industrial assets.

ADDITIONAL DUTIES

  • Stay current on policy changes and legal requirements related to benefits and employment practices.
  • Attend related continuing education, webinars, and meetings, as needed or assigned.
  • Perform additional duties to support departmental operations as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience:

Requires basic education and intermediate experience in accounting and/or auditing, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or related field preferred.    

Licenses or Certifications:

Possession of a valid driver’s license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Ability to obtain the Master Deputy Commissioner of the Revenue designation through the Weldon Cooper Center of the University of Virginia.

Special Requirements:

None.

 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of standard office practices, procedures, equipment, and techniques.
  • Knowledge of business English, spelling, and arithmetic.
  • Knowledge of the organization and functions of the department and of general administrative policies and practices.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite of programs for the purposes of creating and formatting documents, graphs, presentations, databases, and spreadsheets.
  • Knowledge of all types of business operations and accounting reporting processes.
  • Skill in communicating effectively both orally and in writing in a highly interactive team-oriented work environment.
  • Ability to operate standard office and other work-related equipment.
  • Ability to interpret and apply technical, professional and legal language.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to perform general math calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, business math and statistical analysis.
  • Ability to interact and discuss legal interpretations and application of state and local taxation codes and ordinances with fellow deputies, Commissioner of the Revenue, business owners and operators, attorneys and financial officers.
  • Ability to keep office records and to prepare accurate reports from file sources.
  • Ability to perform and organize work independently.
  • Ability to prepare effective correspondence on routine matters and to perform routine office management details without referral to supervisor.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with County officials, businesses, associates, and the general public.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

This is sedentary work requiring the exertion of up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to move objects, and some light work requiring the exertion of up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects; work requires reaching, fingering, and repetitive motions; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data, operation of machines, and determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work; the worker is not subject to adverse environmental conditions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Work is performed in a relatively safe, and secure work environment.

Shenandoah County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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