New York State has approximately 455 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in Taxation and Finance, Dept of. View links to all New York State agencies including agencies that have this title. For more information, New York State employees can contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322. If you are not a current New York State employee, you can use the Department of Civil Service Web site to explore possible employment opportunities.
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A listing of titles that are most commonly used as steps for upward mobility for this title series. The salary schedule for this career ladder is also available.
Taxpayer Services Rep 1
As a Taxpayer Services Representative 1, under the supervision of a Taxpayer Services Representative 2, you would work in an environment using the latest technology and automated operations to provide information and assistance to the taxpaying public. You would answer taxpayers’ or tax practitioners’ questions by telephone, by letter, or in person concerning the provisions and requirements of the Tax Law administered by the Department; assist taxpayers in their preparation of Corporation, Income, Miscellaneous, and Sales Tax Returns; and assist taxpayers in their computation of taxes, penalties, and interest due the State. You would assist the public in the completion of all applications for licenses and registration forms and prepare written responses to requests for information. You would research Tax Department computer data files using a variety of software applications and provide explanations for account and refund adjustments, verify payments, and update taxpayer account information. You would explain the collection process; access computer systems in order to provide detailed explanations of assessment(s), account adjustments, payments and refunds; negotiate payment agreements. You might issue taxpayer registrations, handle changes in registrations, and respond to taxpayers’ inquiries regarding assessments, including explaining the reasons for assessments, and follow-up to resolve taxpayers’ problems. You would research Tax Laws and Regulations in the more commonly used reference materials such as tax law publications, attend periodic training sessions to upgrade technical skills, and assist in training seasonal Tax Information Aides. As a Taxpayer Services Representative 1, you would be expected to act in a calm, courteous, and reasonable manner even under very difficult, highly stressful, and at times, confrontational circumstances. When assigned to a call center, you would wear a headset and would answer telephone calls which are automatically and continuously distributed by a complex telephonic system. This system does not allow for breaks between calls; when one caller disconnects, another call is automatically routed to the Taxpayer Services Representative 1. You would be expected to effectively use the telephone system and associated computer software. All calls are subject to monitoring for quality assurance.
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Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.
You must take and pass a Civil Service examination to be considered for appointment to this position.
There are two examinations used to fill this position. Please note: New York State employees may qualify for both.
For employees of New York State on or before the date of the examination, you must be a qualified employee of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance or the New York State Division of Tax Appeals and have had three months of permanent service in a competitive, non-competitive, 55-b/55-c, or labor class position allocated to Grade 4 or higher.
After one year of the service described in the Minimum Qualifications, successful candidates will be qualified for appointment from the eligible list.
For all other qualified individuals, on or before the date of the examination, candidates must have either:
Either 1. two years of full-time experience in a position where your primary responsibility is providing information concerning and/or explaining programs, policies, and/or procedures; resolving problems; or reconciling accounts;
Or 2. one year of full-time experience providing tax specific information and/or tax specific assistance to taxpayers;
Or 3. one year of full-time experience working on the development, testing, or maintenance of a tax specific system;
Or 4. one year of full-time combined experience of #2 and #3;
Or 5: 30 semester credit hours of college-level study AND one year of the experience stated in qualification #1; OR 30 semester credit hours of college-level study AND six months of individual or combined experience stated in qualification #2 and #3;
Or 6. 60 semester credit hours of college-level study.
Non-Qualifying Experience: Experience limited to positions such as cashier, supermarket clerk, department store clerk, greeter, retail clerk, forms processor, bartenders, wait staff, fast food worker, restaurant worker, hair stylist, receptionist, transferring calls or taking messages, data entry forms processing, taxi operator/driver, bus driver, mental health aide, direct care or home health aide, social worker, counselor, gas station attendant, officer, security guard are examples of positions which are NOT qualifying. THIS LIST IS NOT ALL INCLUSIVE.
For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.00-489 26-833
When this examination is scheduled to be held, the announcement can be found on the Department of Civil Service, Examination Announcements web page. If you do not see an examination currently scheduled please check back on a monthly basis or sign up for announcement notification by email so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.
Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.