Washington State Tax Review Officer (TPS3) in Tumwater, Washington


Initial candidate screening will begin as early as March 15, 2018. The hiring authority may make a hiring decision at any time thereafter, so it is in your best interest to apply as soon as possible.

The Department of Revenue's Administrative Review and Hearing Division (ARHD) is looking for multiple attorneys with solid legal skills, enthusiasm for the rule of law, intellectual curiosity, and a desire to interpret and apply Washington state excise tax law and policy. This team is responsible for issuing the final administrative decision in two types of cases:

  1. Informal excise tax reviews under WAC 458-20-100 (Rule 100). These cases arise from taxpayers protesting the issuance of a tax assessment, the denial of a tax refund, or an adverse letter ruling regarding future tax liability. In addition, experienced attorneys draft executive level decisions that present issues of first impression or have significant impact on industries. Select cases are published as precedential decisions and are reported nationally.
  2. Administrative Procedures Act (APA) cases conducted as either Brief Adjudicative Proceedings (BAP's), or formal adjudicative proceedings. BAPS include appeals from the denial of reseller permits, the revocation of a business license, and others. Formal adjudicative proceedings include Unclaimed Property and Renewable Energy appeals. The ARHD Team also represents the Department of Revenue in informal hearings of excise tax appeals before the Washington State Board of Tax Appeals.

As a Tax Review Officer, you will review, hear, and issue decisions that resolve taxpayers' challengesof the department's actions. You will also engage in tax policy development and discussion to achieve consistency and fairness in the administration of the tax. Cases cover the interpretation and application of complex and challenging tax laws and provide you with opportunities to educate taxpayers. Some of your other responsibilities will include:

  • Managing an active caseload of tax appeals that includes Rule 100 cases and Administrative Procedures Act (APA) proceedings.* *
  • Conducting Rule 100 informal administrative reviews, of tax assessments, refund denials, and adverse interpretive rulings. These matters often involve highly sensitive policy and legal issues, and the resulting determination may be published as departmental precedent.
  • Presiding over mainstream, executive, and small claim hearings and drafting determinations.
  • Recommending, referring, or negotiating the settlement of some Rule 100 cases.
  • Conducting administrative hearings on the record for the review of the Department's actions in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). Actions include matters related to reseller permits, certificates of registration, spirits license orders, manufactured home park fees, and other Brief Adjudicative Proceedings, as well as formal adjudicative proceedings. You will issue the final agency decision in these proceedings as an independent fact finder.
  • Analyzing, reviewing, and providing technical legal and policy recommendations.
  • Representing the Department in informal hearings of excise tax appeals before the Board of Tax Appeals.

Minimum qualifications for applicants

Admission to practice law in the State of Washington


Graduation from an accredited school of law and current admission to practice before the highest court of a state


Three years' experience as a hearings examiner in a governmental agency, an assistant attorney general, or a practicing attorney.


One year experience as a Tax Policy Specialist 2.

Note for all - An LLM or Master's degree in taxation or closely allied field may substitute for one year of experience.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, preferred applicants will possess

  • Knowledge of tax law, ideally in Washington State.

We're also interested in your ability to

  • Use technology to conduct business, including word processing, email and legal software for research (i.e., Westlaw, Lexis).
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in writing, using standard rules of language regarding spelling, punctuation, grammar, word usage, sentence structure and composition, and to accurately reference supporting documents and controlling authority.
  • Effectively perform legal research, identify the issues in a case, and identify areas for further analysis and investigation.
  • Prioritize tasks with multiple timeframes, and meet deadlines.
  • Work with others and resolve differences in a timely manner.
  • Translate legal and technical concepts into messages lay persons can readily understand.

As **part of the selection process, those under consideration for an interview will be requested to complete a writing assessment. *

To be considered for this position

  • Complete your online application in detail, as it will be used as your initial resume.
  • Attach a cover letter explaining how you meet the qualifications of this position.
  • Attach a legal writing sample.

_*Note - Incomplete applications and applications received without requested attachments may be disqualified.*_

*To take advantage of Veteran's preference *attach your DD-214, member 4 long form, or your NGB-22. Please remember to black out your social security number and date of birth.

Questions? Email dorjobs@dor.wa.gov or call (360) 704-5738. Supplemental Information

The Human Resource Division may use referrals from this recruitment to help fill future similar vacancies for up to six months.

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement. This means you must either join the union and pay union dues, or pay the union a representational or other fee within 30 days of your start date.

The Department of Revenue is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and offer a respectful, inclusive culture for people with disabilities, as well as members of all protected groups and statuses. We encourage you to apply.

If you need help during the application process, please call the Human Resources Office at 360-704-5731. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Salary: $5,358.00 - $7,032.00 Monthly

Location: Thurston County – Tumwater, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Dept. of Revenue

Job Number: 2018-026

Closing: 5/6/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

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