Excise Tax Investigator 1

Grade 16

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  1. Excise Tax Investigator 1

    Grade 16

  2. Excise Tax Investigator 2

    Grade 20

Summary of Job Description

As an Excise Tax Investigator, under the supervision of a Senior Excise Tax Investigator, you would conduct investigations of reported or suspected violations of various New York State Tax Laws in order to assist in the apprehension and prosecution of suspects and violators. This will also include inspections of retail operations to assure voluntary compliance with New York State Tax Laws. You would regularly question witnesses and complainants and maintain surveillance of suspects to obtain information relevant to the conduct of law enforcement activities. You would obtain and execute search warrants and subpoenas; seize and confiscate contraband and evidence; apprehend and arrest suspects and have them booked and arraigned before a judge; prepare reports; and gather evidence for the prosecution and testify in court as an expert witness for the State. The responsibility for making felony arrests combined with the presence of criminal groups in bootlegging operations presents a potential for physical harm to Excise Tax Investigators. The needs of surveillance frequently require working irregular hours and extended shifts. Excise Tax Investigators must maintain Peace Officer status as a condition of employment. Excise Tax Investigators are peace officers and must be qualified to hold such office in accordance with State law. Conviction of a felony may bar appointment.

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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.

Candidates must have had four years of experience in a criminal field investigation position which includes establishing a chain of evidence.

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.


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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