Washington State Underground Economy Auditor (TS4 ARS02) Olympia in Olympia, Washington


**This recruitment is open until filled. Applicant review begins on October 24, 2016. The hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time.

Note: This is a project position with an expected end date of September 30, 2017.**

The Employment Security Department (ESD) is recruiting for an Underground Economy Auditor - Tax Specialist 4 (TS4). This position investigates businesses and independently conducts financial audits to determine tax liability for state unemployment taxes.


  • Identify unregistered, inactive, or non-compliant employers within and up to a six year timeframe as well as employers with closed accounts; actively identify businesses suspected of non-compliance; gather referrals and industry information from private businesses; cultivate informants to assist in determining businesses needing attention; and evaluate, develop, and investigate tips and leads from external sources. Evaluate online data about a business and related industry to determine capacity and capability relative to the need or likelihood of having unreported employees.
  • Communicate with other agency auditors and audit discovery personnel such as Office of Special Investigations (OSI) and ESD Benefits, Department of Revenue (DOR), Department of Labor and Industries (LNI) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to refer audits, gather information, and obtain referrals; prior to conducting an audit, review business accounts with other taxing agencies.
  • Research and review business accounts and employer accounts and related information. Perform investigations and conduct fact finding interviews to determine status for unemployment insurance purposes.
  • Obtain employer financial records, interview claimants, unreported workers and other informants; conduct internet searches and examine and evaluate financial and business documents to identify non-compliant or fraudulent activities by employers. Collect and analyze data, utilizing data mining as a part of the investigation to detect deficient controls, fraud, or non-compliance with laws (RCW & WAC), regulations and management policies.
  • Conduct complex audits of financial records; inspect business records and accounting systems for required records, accuracy, and use of accepted accounting procedures.
  • Finalize audit and prepare a detailed report of audit findings documenting audit results, including recommendations for corrections of deficiencies found in the audit. Provide report to management and employers.
  • Make recommendations for improvements for recordkeeping to make sure employers are in compliance with reporting requirements.
  • Explain appeal rights and applicable laws and policies.
  • Explain, interpret and apply complex RCWs and WACs.
  • Analyze and independently determine employer liability under Title 50. Determine whether an account needs to be established, reinstated, or inactivated.
  • Request the establishment of accounts when quarterly reports are received without a valid tax identification number using information that is available in other agencies' databases and the Internet.
  • Assist Legal Appeals Unit with the research and investigation of appeal issues. Qualifications

Required qualifications:

  • Working-level knowledge of unemployment insurance (UI) Tax and wage regulations and administrative/agency procedures and laws.
  • Working-level workload management skills - plan and organize assignments to create timely, accurate work products. Work efficiently, remain focused, and handle interruptions effectively.
  • Working-level analytical skills - use logic and reasoning to assess data, form logical conclusions, evaluate options, and make decisions or recommendations.
  • Working-level negotiation skills - comprehends and applies appropriate negotiation skills.
  • Working-level oral communication skills - convey information orally according to the needs of the audience, and receive and understand spoken information. Supplemental Information

Attach a resume and letter of interest to your on-line application (through the Add Attachment(s) field).

A resume will not substitute for the "work experience" section of the application.

Applications with comments such as "see attachments" or "N/A" in the supplemental question responses will be considered incomplete.

General suggestions for creating a good application packet:

  • Read the job posting very carefully. Find out as much as you can about the position.
  • Make sure you are very diligent in following all the application instructions. Include all requested documentation.
  • Make sure your application and supplemental question responses address how you meet each of the required and desired qualifications.
  • Carefully read each of the supplemental questions and respond completely to each one. Pay careful attention to each component of the question, providing examples, and thoroughly describing when and where you achieved the proficiency level, and detail the types of work you performed, the work products, etc., to demonstrate 'how'.
  • Specifically include all of your work experiences doing the same or similar work, especially if you reference work in these jobs in describing when/where you gained proficiency level skills.
  • Make sure your application reflects your best writing. Other Information As a condition of employment, the successful candidate accepting this position must comply with the Union Security clause contained in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the State of Washington and the Washington Federation of State Employees.

For inquiries about this opportunity, please contact the Recruitment Team at 360-902-9560 or HRRecruiting@esd.wa.gov.

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Employment Security Department is an equal-opportunity employer and provider of employment and training services. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Washington Relay Service–711.

If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application, please contact careershelp@des.wa.gov or (360) 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960.

Job Type: Project (limited duration)

Job Number: 2016-10374

Department: Employment Security Department

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $42,492.00 - $55,728.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA