New York State of Opportunity

New York State Department of Civil Service announces Continuous Recruitment Examination Open to All Qualified Individuals

Tax Auditor Trainee 1

Applications Accepted
Tests To Be Held


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Grade Minimum Salary
20-971 Tax Auditor Trainee 1 Equated to G-14 $44,564 For positions located in upstate New York
$48,967* For positions located in Kings, Queens, Suffolk, or Westchester Counties (downstate adjustment)
$49,997* For positions located in Chicago, Illinois

* All salaries reflect applicable location pay and geographic differential.


It is expected that additional names will be added to the Tax Auditor Trainee eligible list (#20-971) in June 2018. To have your name added to the eligible list in June 2018, your application must be postmarked on or before April 13, 2018. Applications postmarked after April 13, 2018 will be held and rated during the next rating period. Confirmation of applications postmarked on or before April 13, 2018 will be sent within two weeks of receipt. Applications that are postmarked on or after April 14, 2018 will not be reviewed or acknowledged until candidates’ names from the current rating period have been added to the eligible list in June 2018.

A higher salary/appointment level is possible with experience and/or advanced education. Whether by advancement through a Traineeship or direct appointment, you will be able to achieve a Salary Grade 18 position in which salary advances will lead to a job rate of $70,566 (upstate), $73,592 (downstate) and $73,422 (Chicago). There are further advancement opportunities through promotion.

TO APPLY: You may apply for this examination if you have completed at least 16 semester credit hours in accounting and/or auditing and expect to meet the minimum requirements for appointment (below) within 10 months of filing your application. There is no substitution of coursework in a related field to meet these 16 credit hours. If you are offered a conditional offer of appointment prior to receiving a bachelor's degree, you cannot report to work until you submit proof to the Department of Taxation and Finance that you meet the minimum qualifications for appointment.

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Minimum Qualifications

You must have a bachelor's degree including or supplemented by 24 semester credit hours in accounting, auditing, and/or taxation. The scope of this coursework must be accounting, auditing, and/or taxation. Certain courses such as Business Law, although taken as part of the accounting curriculum, are not counted towards the 24 credit hours.

Substitution: You must have a minimum of 18 credit hours in core accounting, auditing, and/or taxation. Up to six semester credit hours of core coursework in finance, money and banking, economics, or business may be substituted for accounting, auditing or taxation credits on a credit for credit basis to reach the 24 required credit hours.


  1. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  2. New York State residence is not required.
  3. All education must have been received from a regionally accredited college or university, or one recognized by the NYS Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. You MUST ATTACH a photocopy of your college transcript(s) to the application for this examination announcement. Attach separate undergraduate and graduate transcripts for each college attended. Transcript(s) must show your name; your student identification number; the name of the issuing school; the type of degree received, if any; the date your degree, if any, was conferred; full course names; grades earned for each course; and a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA). If your degree and/or coursework was awarded by an educational institution outside the United States and its territories, you may not apply unless you provide independent verification of equivalency and a course-by-course evaluation. You can write to obtain a list of acceptable companies which provide this service from the New York State Department of Civil Service, Albany, NY 12239. This information can also be found on the internet at You must pay the required evaluation fee.

Additional Note: Any candidate selected for this position will be subject to a review of their tax return submissions by the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance. Employment of a candidate is conditioned upon a finding by the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance that the candidate is in compliance with all local, state, and federal tax laws. In accordance with federal government requirements, the employment of any candidate selected for this position is conditioned upon successfully completing a background investigation including a criminal history record check (fingerprint check).

The Positions

Tax Auditor Trainee 1 and Tax Auditor 1 positions exist at various geographic locations in the New York State and Chicago, Illinois offices of the Department of Taxation and Finance. The positions perform field audits of the financial records of taxpayers to verify that businesses and individuals are in compliance with the tax laws, regulations and rules of the State of New York. They are required to travel extensively in the performance of their duties, including overnight travel both within and outside of New York State. Such factors as tax specialty assignment (e.g., sales tax, personal income tax, corporation franchise tax, etc.) and office location will determine the extent of the overnight travel. Appointees are required to have a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State or Illinois or otherwise demonstrate ability to perform required field audits, if public transportation is unavailable.

The Traineeship

Candidates who are appointed as a Tax Auditor Trainee 1 will participate in a two-year traineeship during which they will receive both classroom and on-the-job training as well as periodic evaluations of their performance. After one year of satisfactory service as Tax Auditor Trainee 1, appointees are advanced without further examination to the Trainee 2 level with a salary of $49,727 ($54,251-downstate* and $55,281-Chicago*). After one year of satisfactory Trainee 2 service, appointees are advanced without further examination to the journey level Tax Auditor 1 title with a starting salary of $55,494 ($58,520-downstate* and $58,350-Chicago*).

Advanced Placement

Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will receive a score for Tax Auditor Trainee 1, the start of a two year traineeship leading to Tax Auditor 1.

If beyond meeting the minimum qualifications you have one year of professional accounting/auditing experience, as described below, or a master's degree which includes 15 graduate-level semester credit hours in accounting, auditing, or taxation, you may be appointed directly to the Trainee 2 level, reducing the length of the traineeship by one year. This experience and/or advanced degree and credits must be listed on your application for this examination. Vagueness, ambiguity, and omissions will not be counted in your favor.

If beyond meeting the minimum qualifications you possess a current valid Certified Public Accountant license and registration issued by New York State; OR two years of paid, full-time professional accounting, auditing, and/or taxation experience as described below; OR a master's degree which includes 15 graduate-level semester credit hours in accounting, auditing, and/or taxation AND one year full-time professional accounting and/or auditing experience as described below, your application will be scored and your name will be placed on the Tax Auditor 1 eligible list. This additional qualifying experience must be listed on your application for this examination. Candidates appointed from the Tax Auditor 1 eligible list will not serve a two year traineeship.

Experience for advanced placement, as described on the previous page, must be gained in any one or combination of the following:

  1. As an accountant/auditor with responsibility for the full range of professional activities involved in the review, analysis and management of accounting systems, resulting in the rendering of opinions or recommendations on financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Activities restricted to bookkeeping or preparing tax returns are not considered qualifying.
  2. As an internal accountant/auditor with responsibility for conducting a full range of financial accounting/auditing activities for an entity. Activities limited to such duties as maintaining and/or auditing payroll records, accounts receivable or accounts payable are not considered qualifying.
  3. As an accountant with ongoing responsibility for the design, implementation and review of accounting systems.
  4. As a professional staff member of a private accounting practice with broad experience in maintaining accounting books and records, completing financial statements, and preparing business and personal tax returns.
  5. As field auditor with a federal, state, or municipal agency, with the responsibility for performing comprehensive field audits to determine the compliance of individuals or businesses with the taxing jurisdictions laws, rules, and regulations.
  6. As an accountant/auditor principally engaged in the analysis and/or interpretation of tax law.

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Subject of Examination

The examination requires completion of an application NYS-APP-3 #20-971 and supplemental questionnaire SUPP #20-971. There will be no written test. The application and questionnaire is the examination. If the examination questionnaire/application is not completed accurately and completely, candidates will have one opportunity to submit the necessary information following their notification. Failure to complete the examination questionnaire/application correctly will result in disqualification. If disqualified, candidates must wait six months to reapply. If you meet the Minimum Qualifications, your education and experience will be evaluated against the general background/critical activities of the position. Complete all sections of the application and questionnaire attached to this announcement. This questionnaire will be the only basis for rating your education and experience. The application and supplement is now available. Your score will be based on the following: grade point average, education, advanced degree or other relevant coursework, accounting/auditing experience, other relevant experience, and reading and following instructions. It is essential that you describe your education and experience as completely as possible. Ambiguity, vagueness, or omissions will not be decided in the candidate's favor. If you need more space, attach additional 8 1/2" x 11" sheets, following the same format used on the application form. Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of a completed examination questionnaire. All statements concerning education and experience are subject to verification. If references fail to respond or give contradictory information, you may be required to furnish written verification of the education and experience claimed. False statements or lack of verification may result in a lower score or termination of employment.

Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score. We will update the eligible list and notify successful candidates of their final score and eligibility dates on a periodic basis throughout the year. The names of successful candidates will remain on the eligible list for 18 months from the date eligibility begins.

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How to Apply

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Where to Apply

Please be advised Tax Auditor Trainee 1 Exam No. 20-971 is suspended effective January 8, 2019 and is now being filled from the Professional Career Opportunities (PCO) examination - For more information about the PCO and future holdings of the examination please visit the Professional Careers Opportunity Examination page:

Conditions Applying to these Continuous Recruitment Examinations

This examination is being conducted pursuant to the rules and regulations of the New York State Department of Civil Service. Applications are accepted at any time. Qualified applicants may re apply as frequently as every 18 months, but a new application AND all supplemental information and documentation will be required. If a candidate's application has been disqualified, they must wait six months to re-apply. Neither the Department of Taxation and Finance nor the Department of Civil Service is able to retain prior applications for future documentation purposes. Appeal of ratings will not be allowed as the opportunity for retest exists. The Department of Civil Service reserves the right to terminate this special recruitment program.

Important: The Department of Civil Service and other state agencies may communicate with you through email correspondence. This may include the notification of your examination results and canvassing you for interest in appointment. It will be important for you to keep your e-mail address, phone number and mailing address current by logging into

Additional Information

New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest and/or criminal conviction record, or any other category protected by law, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.

Eligibility for Employment

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Reasonable Accommodations in Testing

It is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to provide equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their application. Further information is available from the Test Administration Unit of the Department of Civil Service. In the Albany area, call 518-457-2487. Outside of the Albany area, call toll free at 1-877-697-5627. For TDD services, call NY Relay at 711 (requires a fee) or 1-800-662-1220.

New York State Residence Is Not Required For Most Positions

However, you must be eligible for employment in the United States.

Continuous Recruitment/Eligible Lists

Candidates who meet the qualification and pass this examination will have their names placed on the eligible list in the order of final scores, regardless of the date on which they filed or took the test. Generally, the names of qualified candidates will remain on the eligible list for 18 months. Appeal of ratings will not be allowed as the opportunity for retest exists. The department of Civil Service reserves the right to terminate this special recruitment program.

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Reissued: 5/17

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