Continuous Recruitment Examination
Open to All Qualified Individuals


Examination Number and Title
Salary Grade
Beginning Salary
Job Rate
20-806, Tax Auditor Trainee 1
Equated to
$41,391 *
$48,627 *

* All salaries reflect applicable location pay and geographic differential.



A higher salary/appointment level is possible with experience and/or advanced education. Whether by advancement through a Traineeship or direct appointment, you will be able to achieve a Salary Grade 18 position in which salary advances will lead to a job rate of $58,810. There are further advancement opportunities through promotion.

TO APPLY FOR THIS EXAMINATION: You may apply for this exam if you have completed at least 16 semester credit hours in accounting and/or auditing and expect to meet the minimum requirements for appointment (below) within 10 months of filing application. There is no substitution of coursework in a related field to meet these 16 credit hours. If you are offered a conditional offer of appointment prior to receiving a bachelor's degree, you cannot report to work until you submit proof to the Department of Taxation and Finance that you meet the minimum qualifications for appointment.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: You must have a bachelor's degree including or supplemented by 24 semester credit hours in accounting and/or auditing. The scope of this coursework must be accounting and/or auditing. Certain courses such as Business Law, although taken as part of the accounting curriculum, are not counted towards the 24 credit hours.

Substitution: You must have a minimum of 18 credit hours in core accounting and/or auditing. Up to six semester credit hours of core coursework in a related field (taxation, finance, money and banking, economics, or business) may be substituted for accounting/auditing credits on a credit-for-credit basis to reach the 24 required credit hours.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS EXAMINATION: All education must have been received from a regionally accredited college or university, or one recognized by the NYS Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. You MUST ATTACH a photocopy of your college transcript(s) to the application for this examination announcement. Attach separate undergraduate and graduate transcripts for each college attended. Transcript(s) must show your name; your student identification number; the name of the issuing school; the type of degree received, if any; the date your degree, if any, was conferred; full course names; grades earned for each course; and a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA). If your degree and/or coursework was awarded by an educational institution outside the United States and its territories, you may not apply unless you provide independent verification of equivalency and a course-by-course evaluation. You can write to obtain a list of acceptable companies which provide this service from the New York State Department of Civil Service, Examination Information Desk, Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, Albany, NY 12239. You must pay the required evaluation fee.

THE POSITIONS: Entry-level positions of Tax Auditor Trainee 1 exist at various locations in the New York State and Chicago, Illinois, offices of the Department of Taxation and Finance. If you are interested in applying for a Tax Auditor Trainee 1 position in New York State, please apply separately for exam #20-538. Tax Auditor Trainees are assigned to the Department's Audit Division and perform field audits of the financial records of taxpayers to verify that businesses and individuals are in compliance with the tax laws, regulations, and rules of the State of New York. They are required to travel extensively in the performance of their duties, including overnight travel. Factors such as tax specialty assignments will determine the extent of the overnight travel. Appointees are required to have a valid license to operate a motor vehicle or otherwise demonstrate ability to perform the required field audits, if public transportation is not available.

THE TRAINEESHIP: Candidates who are appointed as a Tax Auditor Trainee 1 will participate in a two-year traineeship during which they will receive both classroom and on-the-job training as well as periodic evaluations of their performance. After one year of satisfactory service as Tax Auditor Trainee 1, appointees are advanced without further examination to the Trainee 2 level with a current salary of $45,906. After one year of satisfactory Trainee 2 service, appointees are advanced without further examination to the journey level Tax Auditor 1 title with a current starting salary of $47,969.


  1. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  2. New York State residence is not required.

SUBJECT OF EXAMINATION: There will be no written test. If you meet the Minimum Qualifications to apply for this exam, your education and experience will be evaluated against the general background/critical activities of the position. Complete all sections of the application and supplement. This questionnaire will be the only basis for rating your education and experience. Your score will be based on the following: overall grade point average; accounting or auditing internship; grade point average in accounting/auditing; community/campus/professional activities; other relevant coursework or advanced degree; and other work experience.

It is essential that you describe your education and experience as completely as possible. Ambiguity, vagueness, or omissions will not be decided in the candidate's favor. If you need more space, attach additional 8½" x 11" sheets, following the same format used on the application form. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. All statements concerning education and experience are subject to verification. If references fail to respond or give contradictory information, you may be required to furnish written verification of the education and experience claimed. False statements or lack of verification may result in termination of employment.

Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score. We will update the eligible list and notify successful candidates of their final scores and eligibility dates on a periodic basis throughout the year.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT: If appointed, you will enter a two-year traineeship leading to a journey level title. However, if beyond meeting the minimum qualifications, you have one year or more of professional accounting and/or auditing experience described in the minimum qualifications for the respective journey level examination in this series (20-807, Tax Auditor 1) OR a master's degree in accounting, you may be appointed to the Trainee 2 level reducing the traineeship by one year. This experience must be listed on your application for this examination.

CONDITIONS APPLYING TO THIS CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENT EXAMINATION: This examination is being conducted pursuant to the rules and regulations of the New York State Department of Civil Service. Applications are accepted at any time. Qualified applicants may re-apply as frequently as every twelve months, but a new application AND all supplemental information and documentation will be required. Neither the Department of Taxation and Finance nor the Department of Civil Service is able to retain prior applications for future documentation purposes. Appeal of ratings will not be allowed as the opportunity for retest exists. The Department of Civil Service reserves the right to terminate this special recruitment program.

HOW TO APPLY: Use FORM OC-APP-3 #20537/20806/20538 and Supplement. These forms contain updated information for individuals who may be entitled to extra credits based on wartime military service. Forms are also available (by mail or in person) from the New York State Department of Civil Service: Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, Albany, NY12239 or the Department of Taxation and Finance at the address below. State employees may obtain forms from their agency/facility personnel offices.

WHERE TO APPLY: Mail your completed application and supplement to: NYS Department of Taxation and Finance, Personnel Bureau, Room 256, Building9, State Office Campus, Albany, NY 12227. DO NOT USE INTER‑AGENCY MAIL. All statements you make on your application are subject to investigation.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has an ongoing need for persons qualified for appointment to this position. We will accept applications at any time and will rate applications whenever additional eligibles are needed. We will update the eligible list and notify successful candidates of their final scores and eligibility dates on a periodic basis throughout the year. The names of successful candidates will remain on the eligible list for one year from the date eligibility begins.


NEW YORK STATE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.

ELIGIBILITY FOR EMPLOYMENT: You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS IN TESTING: In addition, it is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to enjoy equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their applications. Further information is available from the Special Arrangements Unit of the Department of Civil Service at (518) 457‑2487 [press 2, then press 2] in the Albany area, toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 2], or via TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf) at (518) 457-8480.

NEW YORK STATE RESIDENCE IS NOT REQUIRED FOR MOST POSITIONS: However, you must be eligible for employment in the United States.

CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENT/ELIGIBLE LISTS: Candidates who meet the qualifications and pass this examination will have their names placed on the eligible list in the order of final scores, regardless of the date on which they filed or took the test. Generally, the names of qualified candidates will remain on the eligible list for one year. Appeal of ratings will not be allowed as the opportunity for retest exists. The Department of Civil Service reserves the right to terminate this special recruitment program.

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Reissued: 10/07


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