Excise Tax Investigator 1 - Grade 16

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This title exists in Taxation and Finance, Dept of and has approximately 55 positions.

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Salary Information for Excise Tax Investigator 1
Title Grade Hiring Rate/yr Job Rate/yr
Excise Tax Investigator 1 16 $61,297 $74,135
Excise Tax Investigator 2 20 $72,032 $91,381

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Job Duties

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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