4220 Tax Auditor-Appraiser

Recruitment #CBT-4220-103267


About the City & County of San Francisco 
The City and County of San Francisco is a consolidated City and County, the only such consolidation in the State of California. The Mayor is also the County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors also acts as the City Council. Because of its unique status, the government of San Francisco exercises jurisdiction over property that would otherwise be located outside of its corporation limit and manages county welfare, health and justice functions under its city government. 

Position Description:
Under general supervision, the Tax Auditor/Appraiser is responsible for inspecting, analyzing and evaluating personal property holdings of business firms for assessment and audit purposes; may audit accounting and related records to verify accuracy of business tax returns (such as payroll expense tax, gross receipts tax, transient occupancy tax, parking tax, etc.) related to municipal and/or State codes.

Essential Duties:
According with Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to the job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.
  1. Examines and audits accounting and financial records, with regard to compliance with personal property or business taxes as prescribed by law.
  2. Processes and adjusts tax forms by entering the data into the computer system and comparing with the previous year’s data and the tax assessment data.
  3. Prepares a variety of documents including audit appointment letters, written audit findings, and reports with the recommendations.
  4. Conducts account research and prepares preliminary work papers and schedules.
  5. Communicates with and assists taxpayers or their representatives regarding filing tax declarations, audits process, audit findings, and explains application of the tax laws and regulations.
  6. Makes on-site visits to inspect business operations, activities, and validity of business tax records, as well as to examine and assess personal property located in San Francisco.
  7. Upon a petition for re-determination or other appeal, makes follow-up audit appointments and prepares amended audit schedules and other supporting documents.
  8. Supports appeals activities, such as conducting research and assembling appeals packages.

    Minimum Qualifications


    Requires possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in accounting, including at least twenty-four (24) semester units or thirty-six (36) quarter units of accounting and/or auditing courses. AND


    Two (2) years of verifiable professional level experience as financial auditor or accountant, which must include preparation of financial statements and managerial reports.


    Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education; however, no substitution is allowed for the twenty-four (24) semester units or thirty-six (36) quarter units of Accounting and/or Auditing courses. One (1) year of experience is equivalent to thirty (30) semester units or forty-five (45) quarter units.

    License and Certification:

    Positions at the Assessor/Recorder’s Office require eligibility for certification from the California State Board of Equalization as an appraiser for property tax purposes. In accordance with the California State Board of Equalization, appointees to this class must possess or obtain permanent certification as an appraiser for property tax purposes within one (1) year of appointment, and must maintain certification as a condition of continued employment.

    Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.


    Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at https://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements

    Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

    How To Apply

    Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

    • Select the desired job announcement
    • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
    • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
    • Follow instructions on the screen

    Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

    Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

    Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

    All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

    Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

    If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Guillermo Tapia, by telephone at  (415) 554-4473, or by email at Guillermo.Tapia@sfgov.org.


    Selection Procedures

    Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying): 

    Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

    Multiple Choice Written Examination (Weight 100%):

    Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to take a multiple-choice exam. The multiple choice exam will be administered either on a computer or in a paper format. The type of format will depend on the size of an qualified applicant pool. Qualified candidates will be notified of the type of exam format in their exam appointment notification. The exam will measure essential knowledge, skill and ability levels in one or more of the following job related areas as appropriate. These areas may include, but not be limited to: knowledge of financial, auditing and accounting terminology, standards, principles and practices; knowledge of laws, codes and ordinances applicable to auditing and assessment processes; ability to understand and interpret different principles and regulations related to finances, accounting, and auditing procedures; ability to search for information in a set of documents, compare/assess the accuracy of the numerical information across different documents; recognize discrepancies in calculation, tracking and correcting calculation errors; ability to perform basis mathematics (e.g. add, subtract, multiply, divide, calculate percentage); ability to analyze financial and accounting date and draw logical conclusions; ability to communicate effectively with various audiences and provide high quality customer service including the ability to develop effective working relationships with others.

    This is a standardized multiple-choice examination. In accordance with Civil Service Rule 111.11.4, inspection privileges do not apply to the questions and answers in this examination.

    Note: A passing score must be achieved on all examination components in order to be placed on the eligible list. The hiring department may administer additional position-specific procedures to make final hiring decisions.

    Eligible List/Score Report:

    A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

    The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be of 12 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

    To find Departments which use this classification, please see https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/ASO-Level-Chart.pdf?documentID=21246.


    The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of 3 Scores. Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

    Conviction History

    As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

    • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
    • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

    Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

    If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

    Disaster Service Workers

    All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


    Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights

    Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations.  

    Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.

    The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4.  Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement.  

    Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at http://sfgov.org/civilservice/rules.



    Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: 

    Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: 



    General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures
    Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.



    Copies of Application Documents:
    Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

    Right to Work:
    All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

    Exam Type:  Entry
    Issued:  02/26/2020

    Extended: 03/16/2020

    Extended: 04/01/2020

    Modified: 07/30/2020

    Micki  Callahan
    Human Resources Director
    Department of Human Resources
    Recruitment ID Number: CBT-4220-103267
    TTX/GT/(415) 554-4473



    All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

    For more information about benefits, please click here.


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