Recruitment #2302-0831-001


The City of Tucson's Business Services Department is seeking a Tax Audit Supervisor to join our Team.

General Description

This position supervises two or more professional sales tax auditors; and, may supervise additional support staff. Requires a conceptual grasp of complex accounting and audit systems, techniques and practices. The class performs related work duties as required.

This is distinguished from the Tax Auditor position by the responsibility for supervisor work and/or the broadest scope dealing with highly complex concepts or issues of great importance to the City of Tucson revenue streams. This classification performs front-line supervisor duties; plans and directs work of others, hires, trains, prepares performance appraisals, and approves leave time of others. This classification’s decisions are defined by policies, standards and precedents but require independent thinking. The work done is determined by following established standard procedures or policies, the position has flexibility in determining which policy and/or procedure is applicable. This classification is supervised by the Finance Manager.

This position manages accounting and finance data and sales tax audit tasks and supervises employees who perform sales tax audits in compliance with state and city tax laws. Prepares statements and reports, reviews drafts, edits reports, provides financial and audit guidance to others within the organization, business owners, and those who contract with the City. Leads special projects related to transaction privilege tax and business licenses. Interacts with the Arizona Department of Revenue and other cities regarding audits and other related transaction privilege tax issues. May participate in city/state tax meeting; either in person or on conference calls.

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.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor’s Degree

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the Model City Tax Code
  • Knowledge and familiarity with Arizona Revised Statutes related to transaction privilege taxes
  • Knowledge and familiarity with the sales tax audit process

Selection Plan

PLEASE NOTE: Failure to upload your Resume in the application will be considered an incomplete application.

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

  • Virtual Oral Board Interviews will take place March 9, 2023 via Microsoft Teams
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: 

  • 10% based on your training and education  
  • 10% based on your resume
  • 80% based on your panel 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 present your documentation at the time of your interview.  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 email at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.  


You are highly encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important testing dates and information that you will need to refer to later, as it will not be available after the closing date. 

Additionally, communication during this process will be sent via email to the email address on file, so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly; this may include your junk box/spam filter. Failure to respond or follow instructions may result in disqualification.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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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.