4220 Tax Auditor-Appraiser

Recruitment #TEX-4220-112513


Appointment Type: Temporary Exempt. This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer. The duration of the appointment is expected to be up to 24 months.

Who We Are

The Office of the Assessor-Recorder is responsible for carrying out property tax-related functions governed by the State Constitution and State and local laws. Our core responsibilities include locating all taxable property in the City and County of San Francisco, identifying ownership, establishing a taxable value, and applying all legal exemptions. Property broadly includes both real property and personal property owned by businesses. The Office of the Assessor-Recorder is also responsible for recording documents and maintaining those public records. Over 400 different types of documents are recorded annually, including deeds of trust, reconveyances, liens, and public marriage licenses. The Office is also responsible for collecting any transfer tax due upon a change in property ownership. The Office of the Assessor-Recorder strives to conduct our work with the core principals of professionalism and integrity. 

What We Do

Heightened activity in the real estate and business markets means increased demand for the work of our office. Every year, property tax revenue remains the largest single source of funding for the City’s General Fund revenue, representing over $2 billion in Fiscal Year 2019-20. This revenue funds crucial services like public safety, education, neighborhood improvements, and health and family support services. Through the dedicated work of the Assessor-Recorder staff, the City has experienced a 7.2% increase in the local assessment roll in the past years. This past year, this represented a cumulative value of over $302 billion and generating over $3.6 billion in local revenues. This is due in part to strong growth in the real estate market, additional construction across San Francisco, and our office’s efforts in increasing efficiency. In recent years, we have taken significant steps toward modernizing our operations, including a multi-organization effort aimed at modernizing City-wide Property Assessment & Taxation Systems (Project SMART). Project SMART (System for Managing Assessments, Records and Transactions) is a multi-year project to replace our legacy property assessment system that manages the City’s $302 billion in assessed property value. The new system will handle all aspects of assessment functions and will be able to integrate with other City systems, specifically the Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector and the City Controller's Office. 

What We Are Looking For

The Office of the Assessor-Recorder currently has one (1) temporary, exempt from civil service position available in class 4220 Tax Auditor-Appraiser. Under general supervision, 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.

Requires responsibility for: carrying out and explaining existing auditing procedures and methods in connection with business property assessment activities; making regular contacts with the general public and representatives of business and commercial firms relative to tax assessment, activities; preparing, checking and reviewing detailed financial and operational records and reports in connection with tax assessment activities.

Examples of essential duties of this position include but are not limited to: 

1. Examines and audits accounting records, financial statements and related documents of industrial and commercial business firms in connection with the assessment of business taxes or valuation of business property prescribed by law.

2. Inspects and appraises personal property including merchandise, industrial machinery, office equipment and leasehold improvements, and reconciles financial, records and other related data.

3. Adjusts inventories for purchases, fabrications, processing and sales between last inventory data and the tax assessment date.

4. Reviews and discusses audit findings with property or business owners or their representatives.

5. Assists tax payers filing tax declarations in the Assessor’s office in completing their declarations, and answers questions on personal property tax matters.

6. Supervises and instructs temporary clerks, during the assessment period, in the distribution of property tax demands and completion of demand notices during the filing season.

7. Examines books, accounts and supporting records relative to the purchase and use tax returns of tax payers and establishes tax liability or refunds.

8. Reviews probate inventories to ascertain the portion of such inventories which are subject to personal property tax.

9. Examines and assesses personal property stored in commercial warehouses; prepares work papers and reports of field auditing activities.

10. Examines and audits accounting records, financial statements and related documents of parking operators, hotel operators, and other businesses in connection with the administration of the applicable municipal and/or State codes.

11. Supports appeals activities, such as conducting research and assembling appeals packages.

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.


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.


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

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.


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.

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

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 human resources analyst, Kimberly Gibney by email at kimberly.gibney@sfgov.org.

Selection Plan

Applications will be screened and evaluated for qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidate’s qualifications. Only qualified candidates whose experience best meets the needs of the position will be selected to continue on to additional steps in the selection process, which may include an interview. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement.

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.


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 are advised to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam record and will not be returned. The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same documents and/or additional documents at a later date.

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.

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

Exam Type:  Exempt
Issued:  June 18, 2021
Carol Isen
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: TEX-4220-112513


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.

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