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State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources Tax Section Manager in Augusta, Maine

Tax Section Manager

Augusta , Maine , United States | Management & Supervisory | Full-time

Apply by: June 25, 2024

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Opening Date: June 10, 2024

Closing Date: June 25, 2024

Job Class Code: 0537

Grade: 26

Salary: $86,738.08 *Includes 10% Stipend

Position Number: 016304046

Job Description:

This Tax Section Manager position is managerial in nature and responsible for planning and directing the activities of a tax section within the Income Tax Unit of the Income/Estate Tax Division of Maine Revenue Services (MRS). Responsibilities include overseeing the activities of professional, technical, and support personnel engaged in tax auditing, processing, or enforcement functions.

The primary responsibilities of this Tax Section Manager are to oversee the Income/Estate Tax Division SQR process, manage staff assigned to production support work, manage the annual systems changes work, oversee the desk audit Discovery process, and report directly to the Income/Estate Tax Division Business Owner.

A successful applicant will communicate well and write clearly and effectively, with their Business Owner, managers of other MRS Divisions, and contractors; have knowledge of computers and computer programs, especially STARS, FCR, and the Maine Tax Portal; have knowledge of federal and state tax law; and possess excellent math skills and knowledge of basic accounting principles.

Work is performed under limited supervision.

Typical Duties:

  • Plans, develops, and directs programs relative to the operation of highly specialized tax support functions to ensure work is performed in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Plans, directs, reviews, and evaluates the work of the central office and/or audit staff to ensure work is performed in accordance with applicable standards.

  • Interviews, selects, and trains professional, technical, and clerical employees needed to perform tax support functions to ensure a well-trained, high-quality staff.

  • Forecasts budgetary needs for tax section and estimates revenue to be derived from tax systems to assist in budget development.

  • Provides information on tax laws and administrative procedures to clarify them to taxpayers, their attorneys and representatives, and the public.

  • Develops recommendations for new or revised statutes, regulations, and organizational procedures to improve the system.

  • Makes recommendations and participates in legal actions against tax evaders to ensure tax evaders are prosecuted.

  • Selects and reviews audits of examiners assigned to unit/section to review audits for conformity with applicable standards.

  • Directs staff in obtaining court warrants for violations of tax laws to ensure proper procedures are followed.

  • Speaks to public under conditions requiring considerable tact to explain tax laws, rules, etc.

  • Implements, administers, and complies with human resource laws, policies, procedures, and practices, including: AA/EEO recruitment, employment, position, classification, performance appraisals, training, discipline, contract administration, communication systems, and employee safety to ensure fair and equal treatment of subordinate personnel.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited educational institution and two and one-half (2) years professional experience in auditing, accounting, or tax administration. Equivalent related experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.

Please note:All candidates applying for a position at Maine Revenue Services will be subject to a tax clearance check. In order to be selected for a position, an applicant must have filed all his or her Maine returns and paid all Maine tax liabilities.

For all candidates not currently employed at Maine Revenue Services: State law requires that applicants seeking initial employment with Maine Revenue Services undergo a fingerprint based state and federal criminal history record check.

Benefits of working for the State of Maine:

No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto—"Dirigo" or "I lead"—as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce's health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including:

  • Work-Life Fit – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays , 12 days of sick leave , and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave.

  • Health Insurance Coverage – The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($10,523.28-$12,380.40 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.

  • Dental Insurance – The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value).

  • Retirement Plan – The State contributes the equivalent of 13.41% of the employee's pay towards the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS).

    State employees are eligible for an extensive and highly competitive benefits package (https://www.maine.gov/bhr/state-jobs/compensation-benefits) , covering many aspects of wellness. Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness (https://www.maine.gov/bhr/oeh/) .

    Note: Benefits may vary somewhat according to specific collective bargaining agreements and are prorated for part-time employment.

There's a job and then there's purposeful, transformative work. Our aim is to create a workplace where you can learn, grow, and continuously refine your skills. Applicants demonstrate job requirements in differing ways, and we appreciate that many skills and backgrounds can make people successful in this role.

As an Equal Opportunity employer, Maine State Government embraces a culture of respect and awareness. We are committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all team members, and our process ensures an inclusive environment to applicants of all backgrounds including diverse race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, familial status or genetics.

If you’re looking for a great next step, and want to feel good about what you do, we’d love to hear from you. Please note reasonable accommodations are provided to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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