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Add your voice and talents to the City of Boulder and help us grow in service excellence for an inspired future.
*This job posting will remain open until filled*
OVERALL JOB OBJECTIVE:
Under the general direction of the Assistant Director of Finance manages and administers the City’s tax auditing team and audits of business financial records to ensure compliance with City of Boulder tax codes. Interacts with and serves as a liaison to the business community that collects and remits the City sales taxes or and other transaction taxes. Provides sales and use tax and other transaction tax expertise to the tax operations staff and other finance department staff specifically regarding interpretation of tax sections of the Municipal Code and other applicable laws.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Provide efficient and effective management and leadership of the tax auditing team, tax audits and other special projects related to the tax auditing, tax remittance, and the tax code. Provide leadership consistent with the philosophy of continuous improvement. Demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills, including interactive listening and the ability to explain complex tax laws in a concise and understandable manner. Leadership and management activities will focus on:
- Customer service and focus
- Ease of doing business with the city
- Cost containment
- Overall quality of tax audits
2. Provide technical assistance and education regarding City sales tax to help ensure compliance. This includes but is not limited to the following:
- Interpret Municipal Code for City staff and taxpayers
- Explain complex tax laws in a concise and understandable manner
- Aid and advise businesses regarding tax liability and compliance
- Proactively work with startup businesses regarding tax liability and compliance
- Continuously update knowledge and expertise regarding taxation issues particularly related to emerging technologies, state tax laws, accounting techniques, and use of computer based tools for auditing
- Work closely with the City economic vitality staff on projects requiring input or support from the tax teams
- Assist the tax operations division, City Attorney’s Office, and State and local officials to develop tax law interpretations
- Manage the city’s voluntary disclosure program
3. To help ensure compliance, partner with the Tax and Special Projects Manager to develop and conduct educational and customer service outreach programs. This includes but is not limited to the following:
- Develop and conduct outreach programs to the taxpayer community
- Represent the City in business meetings and professional organization
- Represent the City and the city’s interests to various state organizations in dealing with statewide tax policy issues
- Represent the City for other departments in tax related issues
4. Manage the audit function with guidance from the Assistant Director of Finance. This includes but is not limited to the following:
- Develop and enforce audit standards and procedures relating to auditing
- Develop and implement tax audit schedules
- Review and authorize refund requests and waivers of interest and penalty payments as appropriate
- Explain complex tax laws in a concise and understandable manner
- Supervise audit staff, including planning work assignments, reviewing work, training, staff development, hiring, performance reviews, and firing
5. Develop and enforce policy and procedures. This includes but is not limited to:
- Work with tax auditors, the sales tax operations staff, the Assistant Director of Finance, Chief Financial Officer, the City Attorney’s Office, and other interested parties to solicit input on changes to the City’s Sales & Use Tax Code and/or Tax Regulations to update the code and/or regulations to clarify and correct the code based on new court cases and new standardization guidelines.
- Develop and enforce citywide and departmental policies and procedures as related to areas of responsibility. Resolve tax-related issues and problems within the department, with other departments, contractors and/or taxpayers, or with the public.
- Maintain, update, improve or expand the applicable sections of the Finance Department’s Quick Reference Guide and Internet Web Site in coordination with other City staff.
- Perform related duties as required by management to meet the needs of the City including backup duties for the Assistant Director of Finance and the Tax and Special Projects Manager.
- Take proper safety precautions to prevent accidents. Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials, and equipment. Use all required safety equipment and follows all safety regulations, policies and procedures. Report all accidents and damage to City property.
- Responsible for knowing and complying with all City and department policies; participating in professional trainings and development; and adhering to attendance and workplace attire policies.
Generally, duties are listed from most to least critical or time consuming.
The City of Boulder is a smoke and tobacco-free workplace.
CHAIN OF SUPERVISION:
(1) TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Revenue and Licensing Officer
(2) TITLE (S) OF POSITION (S) OVER WHICH THIS POSITION HAS DIRECT SUPERVISION:
- Revenue and Collections Agent (2)
- Sales Tax Operations Specialist (1)
- Administrative Specialist II (1)
- Tax Auditors (4)
Bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. At least seven years’ experience in governmental auditing. A minimum of three years of progressively responsible management experience of complex projects and supervisory or managerial experience. Demonstrated knowledge of sales tax laws. Experience in the application of basic to complex auditing procedures. Demonstrated ability in recognizing different accounting systems and compiling tax information from incomplete records. Attention to detail and accuracy. Courteous and effective verbal and written communication skills. Demonstrated strong interpersonal and communication skills, including interactive listening and the ability to explain complex tax laws in a concise and understandable manner. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Acceptable background information, including criminal conviction history and motor vehicle record.
Master’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or related field. Coursework in tax law. Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Experience with computerized accounting systems. Work experience or demonstrated knowledge of City of Boulder sales tax laws. Supervisory experience. Experience with a matrix style of management. Experience in developing policies.
Physical Demands: Primarily sedentary physical work requiring the ability to lift a maximum of 10 pounds; occasional lifting, carrying, walking and standing; frequent hand/eye coordination to operate personal computer and office equipment; vision for reading, recording and interpreting information; ability to communicate with employees and the public.
Work Environment: Works primarily in clean, comfortable environment.
Machines and equipment used in work include, but are not limited to the following: Frequently uses city vehicle, standard office equipment including personal computers, calculators, telephone, and copy/fax machines.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
Note: The above description is illustrative only. It is not meant to be all-inclusive.
The City of Boulder provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.
* In addition to the application, an attached cover letter and resume are required to be considered for this position
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Boulder, Colorado