Occ. Code 6628100












New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard




Revenue Crimes Specialists independently plan and investigate violations of tax and related penal laws. They work with forensic auditors and investigative attorneys to develop tax cases for criminal prosecution; and testify in criminal proceedings and serve as experts for prosecutors during trial proceedings. 


Revenue Crimes Specialists are in the non-competitive jurisdictional class, possess peace officer status and are found only in the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance within the Office of Tax Enforcement.




Insurance Frauds Investigators investigate cases of alleged insurance fraud and provide technical assistance to law enforcement agencies.  They investigate insurance fraud cases involving internal fraud by insurance company employees, organized crime and scams involving multiple insurers.


Law Department Investigators conduct or supervise field investigations to secure and evaluate information to support the States position in various types of legal action.




REVENUE CRIMES SPECIALIST 1:  full performance level; plans and conducts investigations and develops evidence to establish criminal tax offenses.


            REVENUE CRIMES SPECIALIST 2:  first supervisory level; directs the activities of Revenue Crimes Specialists 1 and/or support staff; or may be assigned as a non-supervising investigative specialist to cases requiring specialized skills, techniques or experience in multiple tax law violations. 


REVENUE CRIMES SPECIALIST 3:  second supervisory level; oversees Revenue Crimes Specialists 2; serves as primary investigator for the most difficult, broad scale investigations.


REVENUE CRIMES SPECIALIST 4:  regional supervisor; coordinates and directs the activities of multiple investigative teams and coordinates investigative planning and activities for a geographic region; assists in the planning, development and coordination of investigative activities throughout the State.






Develops investigation plans, often together with auditors and investigative attorneys working as part of a team.


·         Assesses the potential scope of illegal activities by analyzing and evaluating information from tax audit reports and studies, federal and local law enforcement agencies, and other sources.


·         Develops analyses to identify illegal activities of individuals and/or patterns of widespread illegal activity and determines the feasibility of conducting investigations.


·         Writes detailed evaluations of the initial indication of criminal intent, potential revenue to be recovered, available courses of action, and tentative recommendations for the disposition of a case or broad-scale investigation.


·         Confers with legal staff, audit specialists and other Department staff to clarify issues, potential risks, and the potential feasibility of various investigative options.


·         Designs case plans that specify investigative methodologies, evidence to be collected, and analysis of anticipated legal, investigative and other issues.


·         Confers with federal and local law enforcement personnel to coordinate interrelated activities and planned actions.


Conducts investigations and participates in multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional task force investigations.


·         Obtains evidence by getting financial and non-financial business records; obtaining and executing search warrants in accordance with the laws of search and seizure; locating and interviewing subjects and third-parties; conducting surveillance, undercover operations, roadblock inspections of carrier vehicles and inspections of retail vendor inventories, and other investigative activities.


·         Secures and transports evidence, and prepares all records, logs and accounts related to seized evidence in accordance with legal standards and requirements.


·      Arrests individuals suspected of violating sections of the New York State Tax Law and related provisions of the Penal Law, in accordance with all applicable law enforcement standards, the Criminal Procedures Law, and other related statutory requirements and standards.


·         Prepares investigative reports that document and detail investigative activities and conclusions; provides an account of facts associated with the commission of the crime and establishes the evidence of criminal intent; and identifies each piece of evidence and the method by which it was obtained and secured.


Provides support to prosecutors during trial preparation and court proceedings.


·         Clarifies case information and documentation to support trial case preparation.


·Provides factual and expert testimony on investigations, evidence obtained, and other information regarding investigations during grand jury and trial proceedings.




Serves as a specialist in major investigative areas.



Works with local, State and federal prosecutors during trial proceedings.






Supervises Revenue Crimes Specialists 1 and/or support staff.











Supervises and leads the development and conduct of investigations.


·         Reviews information and initial source material on potential cases; assigns cases to staff and prioritizes assignments, based on individual expertise and assessment of the scope and nature of the case.


·         Reviews analyses, assessments and tentative case plans and recommendations from staff.  Suggests alternative investigative methods and provides other guidance.


·         Supervises and manages team field activities during investigations.  Provides direction to staff on responses to unanticipated developments, implements changes in team assignments, and performs other activities to ensure the progress and effectiveness of investigations.


·         Reviews reports prepared by field staff regarding activities to ensure that case plans and priorities are met.  Implements corrective actions to resolve problems regarding case developments and staff activities.


·         Serves as lead investigator for major cases and multi-jurisdictional task force operations.  Coordinates and assists in developing plans for interrelated case activities such as surveillance of suspects, and confiscation of contrabands or other evidence with other State, federal, and local law enforcement personnel. 


·         Provides information on team activities and major issues, and discusses proposed plans and actions for complex and priority cases.


Personally conducts multifaceted investigations involving innovative strategies that require higher level investigative expertise.


·         Reviews and develops assessments and recommendations for case strategies. Confers with Department legal and other staff on potential issues and risks regarding planned strategies.


·         Performs investigative activities, including, but not limited to, surveillance operations, undercover activities, execution of search warrants, arrest of suspects, and seizure of records and evidence.  Prepares case records, presents testimony and provides other support during the preparation and conduct of court proceedings




Coordinates and directs the activities of multiple investigative teams within a geographic region.


·         Reviews information on potential new cases to assess the relative scope, complexity and priority of the work.


·         Assigns cases to teams based on overall workload, and the nature of the initial case information. 


·         Provides guidance to team supervisors on major case issues, the relative priority among cases, and other overall case direction as required.


·         Maintains oversight of team workloads to ensure the effective use of resources.  Changes team assignments, revises priorities, and implements other actions to maximize staff effectiveness and to ensure that overall enforcement goals and major strategic operational plans are met.


·         Reviews case documentation and interim reports to assess the effectiveness of case progress and identifies and address major developments.


·         Coordinates major task force plans with representatives of other law enforcement organizations, including designation of staff responsibilities and communication protocols during interrelated investigative activities.


·         Reviews and maintains oversight of search warrant drafts and related affidavits to ensure that all legal requirements have been met.  Advises staff of deficiencies and provides direction on related statutory requirements.


·         Monitors and evaluates office evidence logs and other records to ensure that evidentiary laws and procedural requirements have been met.


Supervises Revenue Crimes Specialists 3.


·         Provides guidance on implementing innovative investigative plans and on highly sensitive case issues and developments.


·         Assists in identifying and addressing staff training and development needs and in obtaining necessary training resources.


·         Provides direction to staff on changes to policies, procedures, and on new programs and initiatives.


Participates in and directly supervises major task force field operations, or highly sensitive or broad-scale investigations.


Assists the Director in operational planning and oversight.


·         Provides narrative and statistical reports, analyses and other information to assist in identifying and evaluating potential major and new investigative areas.


·         Participates in discussions with local law enforcement representatives and others regarding working relationships and procedural agreements. 


Coordinates, oversees, and manages operations and administrative matters for Office of Tax Enforcement activities within a geographic region.


·         Discusses and coordinates required audit technical support requirements with Audit program managers for major investigative plans and cases within the region.


·         Maintains and develops working relationships with local, federal and State prosecutors and law enforcement representatives within the region to ensure that operational plans and priorities are met and that mutual issues and requirements are addressed.


Develops and oversees plans, procedures and activities related to designated statewide investigative program operations. 


·         Researches and evaluates information sources to identify emerging areas of broad scale tax evasion and to assess the potential investigative requirements, issues and resource requirements.  Develops related analyses and recommendations and may oversee or participate in subsequent investigative pilot program development activities. 


·         Recommends new and revised investigative procedures and standards to address changes to statutory requirements or other developments.


·         Assists in developing and implementing formal agreements with federal, State, and local law enforcement organizations for information sharing and formal operational relationships.


·         Evaluates, develops, manages and coordinates staff training programs, including peace officer, law enforcement methodologies and other technical training.


·         Oversees program operations related to issuing and maintaining service weapons, equipment and other resources.  Identifies and oversees the implementation of actions to ensure that policies and procedural requirements are met.




Revenue Crimes Specialists use various investigative methodologies and analyze evidence and potential for successful investigation and prosecution of tax avoidance schemes.  Their work must conform to investigatory methodologies and standards, and the investigatory and evidentiary limitations and requirements enumerated in New York State Tax Law, New York State Criminal Procedure Law and New York State Penal Law.




Revenue Crimes Specialists must possess in-depth knowledge of specialized investigatory methodologies and a working knowledge of the law governing criminal investigations and prosecutions, and substantive provisions of the Tax Law.  To establish criminal intent to evade the Tax Law, Revenue Crimes Specialists must construct intricate linkages among a wide range of financial and non-financial information or analyze evolving, sophisticated fraudulent activities where concrete evidence is often difficult to obtain.


Revenue Crimes Specialists must analyze evidence and assess the potential for successful investigation and prosecution of cases, and to develop and execute detailed investigatory plans that will support successful legal prosecution.   They must be able to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional teams and their investigations must meet all professional and legal standards applicable to criminal investigations.  Factors determining the complexity or difficulty of an investigation include the potential violation of multiple tax laws, the coordination of activities across multiple jurisdictions and the forensic review of technology equipment and/or electronic records. 






1.    Bachelors degree and satisfactory completion of a two-year traineeship; or


2.    Bachelors degree and two years of experience in conducting investigations of tax crimes, white collar crime and/or conducting related field investigations of criminal activities which includes establishing a chain of evidence; or


3.    Associates degree in criminal justice and four years of  the experience listed under # 2; or


4.    Six years of  the experience listed under # 2.




Bachelors degree and three years of the experience required for Revenue Crimes Specialist 1; or an Associates degree in criminal justice and five years of the experience; or seven years of the experience.





Bachelors degree and four years of the experience required for Revenue Crimes Specialist 1; or an Associates degree in criminal justice and six years of the experience; or eight years of the experience. One year of the experience must have been in a supervisory capacity.




Bachelors degree and five years of the experience required for Revenue Crimes Specialist 1; or an Associates degree in criminal justice and seven years of the experience; or nine years of the experience. Two years of the experience must have been in a supervisory capacity


Additional Requirements:


Candidates must meet physical, medical and psychological standards; possess and maintain a drivers license valid in New York State (NYS); be able to obtain and maintain a valid pistol permit to carry a service weapon. Candidates must also be United States citizens, reside in NYS at the time of appointment and maintain NYS residency during employment, and meet all other requirements related to peace officer status.



Date:  4/11


NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of the duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.