County of Alameda

Business License Tax Auditor (#0161)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Misc Prof/Tech (011)
$41.09-$49.27 Hourly / $3,081.75-$3,695.25 BiWeekly /
$6,677.13-$8,006.38 Monthly / $80,125.50-$96,076.50 Yearly

Under general supervision, performs office and field audits to determine liability for business licenses and other taxes; performs field examinations and research related to tax auditing; prepares audit supporting documentation and reports; performs other duties as required.


This class is located in the Business License Tax Section of the Treasurer-Tax Collector's Department and supervision is received from the Collection Supervisor II. This class is distinguished from the next higher one of Collection Supervisor II in that the latter class is the first line supervisor with overall responsibility for the operation of the section, while the former class performs office and field audits to establish possible tax liabilities.

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, hotel tax and cannabis tax.

2.  Performs detailed examinations of accounting records; researches 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 account 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, and Cannabis 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 judgements 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.

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The equivalent of one year of full-time experience in the class of Auditor in the Alameda County classified service.



The equivalent of two years of full-time professional accounting or auditing experience, or the equivalent of one year of full-time accounting/auditing experience in a City or County business license office.



A bachelor’s degree in accounting from an accredited college or university and a minimum of one year of auditing experience. 


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 and multiple day conferences, 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 and record keeping and interpretation of business and utility users tax regulations.
  • Alameda County Business License and Utility Users Tax Ordinance.
Ability to:
  • Prepare clear, concise and complete statistical and financial reports.
  • Evaluate financial statements, accounts and reports to ensure compliance accurate reconciliation of data.
  • Apply recognized auditing quality assurance standards to auditing assignments
  • Interpret and explain County business license and utility use's tax regulations
  • Perform comparative analyses of financial data and reports and arrive at correct conclusions.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.

Newspecs: 0161
csc date: 8/30/00
DRH:cs Revised 1/28/14
CSC Date: 4/16/14
DRH:jf Revision 04/27/18
CSC Date: 12/19/18


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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