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State of Minnesota Sales and Use Tax Auditor - Revenue Tax Specialist OR Revenue Tax Specialist Intermediate in Rochester, Minnesota

Working Title: Sales and Use Tax Auditor

Job Class: Revenue Tax Specialist OR Revenue Tax Specialist Intermediate

Agency: Revenue Department

  • Job ID : 78266

  • Location : Rochester, MN

  • Telework Eligible : Yes

  • Full/Part Time : Full-Time

  • Regular/Temporary : Unlimited

  • Who May Apply : This vacancy is open for bids and for all qualified job seekers simultaneously. Bidders will be considered through 07/17/2024.

  • Date Posted : 07/10/2024

  • Closing Date : 07/24/2024

  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit : Revenue Department / Revenue-MAPE

  • Division/Unit : Sales & Use Tax Division / Sales-Southern Region

  • Work Shift/Work Hours : Day Shift

  • Days of Work : Monday - Friday

  • Travel Required : Yes, up to 50%

  • Revenue Tax Specialist Salary Range: $25.29 - $36.71 / hourly; $52,805 - $76,650 / annually

  • Revenue Tax Specialist Intermediate Salary Range: $27.84 - $40.82 / hourly; $58,129 - $85,232 / annually

  • Classified Status : Classified

  • Bargaining Unit/Union : 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Employee/MAPE

  • FLSA Status : Nonexempt

  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities (https://mn.gov/mmb/careers/diverse-workforce/people-with-disabilities/connect700/) : Yes

The work you'll do is more than just a job.

At the State of Minnesota, employees play a critical role in developing policies, providing essential services, and working to improve the well-being and quality of life for all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota is committed to equity and inclusion, and invests in employees by providing benefits, support resources, and training and development opportunities.

This posting is being used to fill multiple vacancies and at two job class levels: Revenue Tax Specialist and Revenue Tax Specialist Intermediate. Final job class will be determined based on successful applicant's qualifications.

The candidates hired and new to this job classification may be eligible to receive a $5,000 hiring bonus! This bonus will be paid in two increments, with the first payment made after successfully passing the probationary period.

A $1,000 Referral Bonus may be offered to Revenue staff that recruit new talent hired at Revenue, in this position. A referral form will be sent to new hires who are in positions eligible for the referral incentives.

Be a part of the Sales and Use Tax Division at the Minnesota Department of Revenue, working together to fund the future of all of Minnesota. We are a nationwide leader in sales and use tax policy. Our work includes administering one third of Minnesota’s revenue sources to fund education, health care, roads, parks, and trails and more. This sales tax audit position will focus on compliance and education of Minnesota sales and use tax laws.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

• Conducting audits by applying accounting and auditing standards to determine sales tax liability and assess or refund the appropriate tax

• Reviewing and analyzing business reports, financial statements, and other data to ensure proper sales and use tax has been remitted to the state of Minnesota

• Utilizing computer and Microsoft Excel skills to review and analyze electronic data and spreadsheets

• Researching, interpreting, and applying sales tax law to businesses to determine compliance

• Exercising judgment and decision-making skills to solve problems in a changing field audit environment

• Independently applying written guidelines, precedents, and standardized work practices to a variety of business scenarios

• Educating taxpayers on sales and use tax laws specific to their industry and business to ensure future compliance

Things to Know:

A secure and reliable Internet connection, sufficient to support business applications, is required when teleworking. High-speed Internet (25Mbps) is recommended.

Day travel is common. Auditors are required to get to and from business locations within Rochester, MN and surrounding areas.

Teleworking employees are required to live in Minnesota or in a state bordering Minnesota.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications for Revenue Tax Specialist

One (1) year* of full-time professional experience in accounting, auditing, or finance

Minimum Qualifications for Revenue Tax Specialist Intermediate

Two (2) years* of full-time professional experience in accounting, auditing, or finance


Certification (satisfactory completion of probation) as a Revenue Tax Specialist

*A business-related degree as determined by the agency may substitute for experience as follows: An associate degree may substitute for 6 months of experience. Bachelor's degree may substitute one (1) year of experience; master’s degree substitutes for eighteen (18) months of experience; PhD substitutes for twenty-four (24) months of experience.

Applicants who meet the above requirements will be further evaluated through the interview process on the following:

• Knowledge of accounting and auditing principles as evidenced by academic coursework or related work experience.

• Knowledge and application of personal computers skills, including knowledge of word-processing, spreadsheets and database applications/software.

• Human relations, oral and written communication skills necessary to deal with taxpayers and workplace associates in a professional and effective manner.

• Problem-solving skills and organizational/planning skills necessary to independently perform the duties of the position.

Must have reliable transportation or a valid class D driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Business & Administration, Business Management or Marketing or related degree as determined by the agency.

  • Master's in Accounting, Finance, Taxation, Business Administration, or related degree as determined by the agency, or CPA.

  • One (1) year of work experience with sales and use tax laws and returns.

  • One (1) year of work experience in accounting and/or bookkeeping.

  • One (1) year of work experience in Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Excel Certified.

  • One (1) year of work experience researching, interpreting, and explaining tax laws and rules.

  • One (1) year of customer service work experience communicating orally and/or in writing with customers.

Physical Requirements

Requires occasional moving of articles such as boxes, accounting records, laptop computer, and portable printer.

Additional Requirements

Prior to an offer of employment, a background check will be conducted. This will include, but is not limited to checking degrees and licensures, criminal history, and tax filing and payment history. All individual income tax filing and payment obligations must be current prior to interviewing for this position.

Must be legally authorized to work in country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status).


Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is an Equal Opportunity employer/educator committed to the principles of diversity. We prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or membership in a local commission as defined by law. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us . Please indicate what assistance is needed.