Tax Law Judge

Grade 31

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Career Ladder

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  1. Tax Law Judge

    Grade 31

  2. Supervising Tax Law Judge

    Grade 65

Summary of Job Description

As a Tax Law Judge, under the general direction of a Supervising Tax Law Judge, you would be responsible for the conduct of quasi-judicial hearings and rendering determinations based on the hearing record. You would conduct these hearings in such a manner as to obtain a complete record of all facts needed to arrive at a fair and proper determination. During this process, you might rule on pre-trial motions and/or submissions involving issues to be reviewed prior to a determination. You would preside at formal hearings to resolve controversies between taxpayers and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance involving taxes administered by that Department. You would review transcripts of testimony and all pertinent documentation relative to a hearing, including complex audit reports with supporting schedules and workpapers, tax returns, and other complex financial/accounting data. You would be responsible for arranging the pre-hearing conferences and would encourage, where appropriate, the parties to confer in an effort to resolve the controversy prior to a ruling. In the course of preparing determinations, you would research New York State Tax Law, the Internal Revenue Code, the tax laws of other states, Treasury and Departmental regulations, tax treaties with other nations, and past Tribunal decisions. You would refer to case law, legislative history, and any other resources related to the formal hearing process.

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Summary of Minimum Qualifications

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 in order to be considered for this position.

On or before the date of the examination, the candidate must be a member in good standing of the New York State Bar and have had five years of full-time post New York State Bar admission experience adjudicating, clerking (see definition below), or litigating cases in a federal or state court or before an administrative agency; or managing a state or local tax program (other than for real property or unemployment insurance tax) of a corporation, a certified public accounting firm, or a federal or state agency. Two of the five years of this experience must have been involved primarily with federal or state taxation, other than for real property or unemployment insurance taxation.

1. Experience in a jurisdiction other than New York State adjudicating, clerking (see definition below) or litigating cases involved primarily with federal or state taxation, other than for real property or unemployment insurance taxation, in a federal or state court or before an administrative agency, may be substituted at the rate of 18 months of non-New York State experience equaling 12 months of New York State experience.

2. A Masters of Law (LLM) degree in taxation or a New York State Certified Public Accountant license may be substituted for one year of the non-specialized experience.

Definition: Clerking is employment by a court system or an adjudicating body, where you are responsible for researching, preparing, and drafting opinions on cases before that body for adjudication.

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How to Apply

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Career Mobility

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.

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