Recruitment #1810-0838-001


The  City of Tucson's Business Services Department is seeking a Tax Auditor with a strong accounting background and analytical skills to work in the Tax Audit Section to successfully analyze and reconcile financial data, prepare spreadsheets and reports summarizing financial and audit information.  The selected incumbent will be responsible for effectively communicating transaction privilege (sales) tax information and audit requirements to others within the organization, to city business owners, and to community members who contract with the City of Tucson and the State of Arizona. The successful candidate would thrive in an innovative work environment contributing to constant improvement efforts of the work unit and the City as a whole.


Essential Functions

Conducts City/State business sales tax audits to determine compliance with State and City tax laws.

Audits financial records of local businesses to calculate sales and use tax liability.

Organizes income information into appropriate schedules and reconciles differences between audited and reported income for computing liability and determining appropriate assessment or refund.

Communicates with the public to discuss audit results with taxpayers.

Prepares detailed audit reports for each audit; reports include findings, and detailed explanation of how results are compiled, computed and justified using Court cases, the Tucson City Tax Code Sections and Regulations, and the Arizona Revised Statues and Administrative Code.

Conducts multi-jurisdictional audits; requires coordinating audits and findings with the auditors from other jurisdictions, requires basic knowledge of tax code differences among other agencies.

Evaluates taxpayers' systems to determine the reliability of accounting records and makes recommendations to taxpayers on improving record keeping to be in compliance.

Educates citizens on the correct application of tax codes and reporting requirements for their business activity.

Prepares documents for issuing assessments.

Obtains current licensing information from taxpayers.

Educates taxpayers on their right to appeal and responds to protests regarding issues involved in the appeal process.

Provides guidance and educates taxpayers on the City and State Tax Codes that relate to their business.

Helps maintain a positive work environment with a positive mental attitude and thrives in a teamwork atmosphere.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor’s Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: 2 years of professional accounting and general auditing experience that includes the use of finance or accounting software

Valid drivers license

Special Job Requirements

Tax auditors must have their own vehicles for field work but will be reimbursed for mileage.

This position may require passing a criminal background check, Motor Vehicle History Report, Public Records Check and/or physical, drug screen and/or audio exam.  Fingerprinting and reference checks may also be conducted prior to an offer of employment. Employment offers are contingent upon successfully passing any of the above requirements.


Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an Oral Board interview. 

  • Oral Board Interviews will be held during the week of November 26, 2018.

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:      

  • 20% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 80% of your oral board interview   

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.  

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please call Cynthia Serrano at (520) 837-7020 at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


Communications throughout this process will be sent via email exclusively so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly.  Failure to respond or follow instructions will result in disqualification.  All email inquiries should be directed to JoAnn Acosta, Cynthia Serrano or Antigone Ibrahim at

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.