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Career Opportunity Bulletin

REVENUE AGENT

CODE:  050400    PAY GRADE:  20    ($18.90 - 22.31/hr.)*

Value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $13.69 biweekly

Value* of State-paid Health Insurance:

  • Level 1:  100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing):  $363.77 biweekly
  • Level 2:  95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%):  $345.58 biweekly
  • Level 3:  90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%):  $327.39 biweekly
  • Level 4:  85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%):  $309.20 biweekly

*The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program as of July 1, 2011.

Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement:  11.54% of pay*Includes a 10% Recruitment &

Retention Salary Adjustment.

*All Revenue Agents are hired at step 4 of this pay grade.  Step 4 is $18.90/hr.


LAST UPDATE:  January 18, 2012

CLOSING DATE:  Until Canceled

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Job Description

A Revenue Agent is a professional level field auditor position located within Maine Revenue Services in the Department of Administrative & Financial Services. This is a two-year trainee classification (with a one-year probation period) which, upon successful completion and demonstration of certain specified competencies, results in reclassification to Senior Revenue Agent.  Extensive in-state and out-of-state overnight travel is required (up to 16 weeks annually).

Work includes performance of multi-tax audits of individuals, businesses, corporations, and other tax entities in the field under the supervision and oversight of senior personnel in order to determine tax liability and taxpayer compliance; and employing administrative processes to enforce state tax laws.

An employee in this classification initially works under close supervision as a part of an audit team, and then independently on selected work assignments.  This position requires excellent oral and written communications skills as well as the ability to deal tactfully with taxpayers and other professionals, both public and private.  The nature of the work requires the employee to exercise sound independent judgment and logical decision-making in the application of statutes, rules, policies, written guidance, and technical criteria to the facts found on audit.

CHALLENGES FACING THE POSITION/ORGANIZATION:

Challenges inherent in this job include having to analyze, understand, and work with varied taxpayer-maintained accounting systems and record keeping methods.  These can range from a simple one-write approach to extensive computerized accounting systems.

Revenue Agents must also communicate with individuals who have varying levels of knowledge of Maine tax law.  Adjustments in communication styles depending on the audience are required.

Challenges also include translating written tax statutes, rules, and policies into practical applications in the field.  The laws are not written specifically for individual situations and can be difficult to administer in practice.

REQUIREMENTS:

In order to qualify, you must have or will receive a Bachelors Degree from an accredited educational institution in Business Administration, Accounting, Economics, or a related area within the next six months (Selected candidates will be required to provide proof of degree prior to completion of probationary period) -OR- four (4) years of equivalent post-secondary education and/or professional level experience in business administration, accounting, and/or auditing. 

Special Requirement:  Candidates must be able to demonstrate strong accounting skills; basic computer skills (working with spreadsheets, databases, and word processing programs); oral and written communications skills; the ability to interpret and apply legal concepts (translating tax law into practical applications); and prior experience dealing with the public.  

TESTING PROCEDURE:

A numerical score will be assigned based on the information you provide in your application and Supplemental Qualifications Form as compared to criteria developed by experts who are familiar with this job and its requirements.

The Bureau of Human Resources reserves the right to use any other selection devices necessary in order to identify those candidates who are most qualified.       

APPLICATION INFORMATION:

You must complete the on-line application by logging on to our Web Page (www.maine.gov/bhr/state_jobs), clicking the Open Competitive Jobs link, and clicking Apply Now under this job title.

The Bureau of Human Resources is unable to provide copies of submitted materials.

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

SUPPLEMENTAL QUALIFICATIONS FORM

Revenue Agent (050400)

APPLICANT’S NAME:  _________________________________________________________

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Your responses on this form will be the basis making a numerical evaluation of your background training and experience (your final score).
  • False or misleading statements may result in rejection of your Application for Employment or dismissal from Maine State Service if selected.
  • Statements made on this form and in your application are subject to verification by the Bureau of Human Resources and the Appointing Authority.

 

    Work Experience Guidelines for this section ONLY:

 

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Work Experience must be full time equivalent (40 Hours/Week).

 

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Work Experience can be substituted by education.  To convert credit hours to months of experience use the following calculations:  Total Credit Hours / 2.5 = Months of Experience.

SECTION I: Minimum Requirements

Please select the statement which best describes your education and experience:

 

I have or will receive a Bachelors Degree from an accredited educational institution in Business Administration, Accounting, Economics, or a related area within the next six months (Selected candidates will be required to provide proof of degree prior to completion of probationary period). -OR- I have four (4) years of equivalent post-secondary education and/or professional level experience in business administration, accounting, and/or auditing. 

 

I do not have or will not receive a Bachelors Degree from an accredited educational institution in Business Administration, Accounting, Economics, or a related area within the next six months (Selected candidates will be required to provide proof of degree prior to completion of probationary period). - OR- I have less than four (4) years of equivalent post-secondary education and/or professional level experience in business administration, accounting, and/or auditing. 


SECTION II:

Please select all statements which apply to your education.

My post-secondary education includes successful completion of courses in:

 

Introduction to Accounting 

 

Intermediate Accounting

 

Cost Accounting 

 

Advanced Accounting 

 

Auditing

 

Federal Taxation

 

Business Law

 

Business Mathematics 

 

Statistics

 

Public Communications

 

Business or Technical writing

 

Management Information Systems

Please select all items which apply to any advanced degrees, licenses, or certifications.

I have:

 

An MST (Masters in Taxation) 

 

An MBA (Masters in Business Administration) 

 

A CPA (Certified Public Accountant) 

 

Passed the bar (licensed attorney)

Please select all statements which apply to your knowledge, skills, abilities and experiences.

I have:

 

Assisted applicants, clients, and others with filling out tax forms. 

 

Full time public accounting firm experience. 

 

Part-time public accounting firm experience.

 

Experience in the tax department of a private company. 

 

Experience in the accounting department of a private company.

 

Performed general ledger bookkeeping. 

 

Conducted a training session/workshop on a subject that I have researched. 

 

Experience with computer assisted auditing software which includes spreadsheets, databases and word processing programs.

 

Experience with tax preparation software such as ATX Forms, Fasttax or ProSystems FX. 

 

Experience with bookkeeping software such as QuickBooks or Peachtree Accounting.