County of Alameda

Business License Tax Lead Auditor (#0152)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Misc Prof/Tech (011)
$42.56-$51.73 Hourly / $3,192.00-$3,879.75 BiWeekly /
$6,916.00-$8,406.13 Monthly / $82,992.00-$100,873.50 Yearly

Under general supervision, performs office and field audits to determine liability for business licenses, utility users’ tax, and hotel and lodging tax; performs field examinations and research related to tax auditing; prepares audit-supporting documentation and reports; acts in a lead capacity in the absence of the Collection Supervisor II; trains new employees and ensures they are following applicable policies, standards, and guidelines; and perform other related duties as required.


This classification is located in the Business License Tax Section of the Treasurer-Tax Collector's Department and reports to the Collection Supervisor II. This classification is distinguished from Collection Supervisor II in that the latter classification is the first-line supervisor with overall responsibility for the operation of the section. The incumbent will perform office and field audits to establish possible tax liabilities and will assume the role of lead in the absence of the Collection Supervisor II. 

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification.  However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level.  Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

  1. Conducts office and field audits and works closely with business owners to obtain information required to determine accurate payments of business license tax and utility users’ tax, and hotel tax.
  2. Performs detailed examinations of accounting records; research business license and State and Federal tax returns utility users’ tax reports; determines appropriate tax liability, business classification, rates, and reviews requests for business reclassifications; canvasses the unincorporated areas to find unlicensed businesses for follow-up billing.
  3. Prepares and maintains financial records; provides written reports and documentation of findings; utilizes computer-based business license systems to process accounts for tax payments and to prepare billing and collection accounting reports.
  4. Assists taxpayers, accountants, attorneys, and bookkeepers with inquiries and responds to questions related to business and utility users’ tax compliance; interprets the Alameda County Business Tax, Utility Users Tax Ordinances, Hotel Ordinances, Cannabis Ordinance and zoning ordinance for businesses and taxpayers through verbal and written communications in order to solicit taxpayer compliance.
  5. Enforces the collection of delinquent business taxes by converting the taxes into real property liens and by obtaining court judgments for unpaid business and utility users’ taxes; appears as a witness in court cases.
  6. Resolves delinquent receivables, penalty assessments, and interest payments with taxpayers; responds verbally to businesses and taxpayers regarding business tax, utility users’ tax, hotel tax, and cannabis tax issues.
  7. Will act as a unit lead during the absence of the supervisor for staff and customer assistance with day-to-day questions and training if necessary. 



The equivalent of one (1) year of full-time experience in the classification of Auditor in the Alameda County classified service.


The equivalent of two (2) years of full-time experience in the classification of Treasurer-Tax Collector Specialist III, or the equivalent of three (3) years of full-time experience in the classification of Treasurer-Tax Collector Specialist II specifically in the Business License Division of the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Department.


Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in accounting, business administration, finance, or a closely related field. 


Additional experience, as outlined below, may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis in Pattern III. 


The equivalent of two (2) years of full-time professional accounting or auditing experience or the equivalent of one (1) year of full-time accounting or auditing experience in a city or county business license office.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

Special Requirement

Must be available to attend business-related conferences both on a single day or multiple days, both locally and with travel, including overnight stays. 

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of accounting, including procedures, systems, financial statements, and methods of reporting.
  • Principles and practices of auditing.
  • Principles and practices of business computer applications, including audit controls and terminology.
  • Legal and procedural guidelines for accounting and financial transactions record keeping and interpretation of business and utility users’ tax regulations.
  • Alameda County Business License, Utility Users’ Tax Ordinance, the cannabis ordinance, and zoning ordinance.
Ability to:

  • Prepare clear, concise, and complete statistical and financial reports.
  • Evaluate financial statements, accounts, and reports to ensure compliance and accurate reconciliation of data.
  • Apply recognized auditing quality assurance standards to auditing assignments.
  • Interpret and explain County business license and utility users’ tax regulations.
  • Perform comparative analyses of financial data and reports and arrive at correct conclusions.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, representatives from other governmental entities, departments, agencies, and the public.
  • Exercise sound and independent judgment within established policies and guidelines.
  • Perform lead functions and duties, such as training new employees, and ensuring compliance with applicable policies and procedures, as required.

NewSpec:  0152.docx
DR:saa 06/26/2023
CSC Date:11/15/2023


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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