Washington State Excise Tax Examiner 2 (In-Training) in Tumwater, Washington


ATTN: Business, Finance & Accounting Students & Professionals

The Department of Revenue has ongoing opportunities to fill positions in the Excise Tax Examiner career path.

Join a team of service oriented business professionals, with a mission to serve and educate our customers while efficiently and fairly collecting, accounting for and distributing excise taxes and fees to support state and local government services.

Working for Revenue as a state employee has benefits, too:

  • Excellent benefit packages (paid holidays, health and retirement plans)
  • Work/life balance (including flexible schedules)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vanpool & commute trip reduction options

Click here to find out more about Department of Revenue


Our examiners pride themselves in assisting and advising taxpayers or their representatives on correct tax reporting, law interpretation and in troubleshooting business-specific scenarios. Our state boasts a high degree of voluntary taxpayer compliance and we believe it's because our staff is committed to making clear tax reporting regulations and processes.

For the first 9-12 months of your work with us, you will go through an in-training program designed to help you gain understanding of Washington excise tax laws and learn your resources to research and interpret those laws. You'll perform limited account examinations and reconciliations, billing and refunds, and assist taxpayers with less complex tax related issues.

After successful completion of the in training program, you may advance to the journey level and join a team responsible for assisting businesses with Business and Occupation tax, Retail sales and use taxes, public utility taxes and various other taxes. At this level, you'll perform financial examinations of tax records, tax returns, audit reports or assessments, evaluate business activities and accounting records to determine taxpayer compliance with applicable laws.

There are over 500,000 businesses registered in the state of Washington that are subject to tax reporting requirements, and our Excise Tax Examiners are here to help them navigate those requirements and resolve discrepancies.


**Depending upon qualifications, you may be appointed into any of the job titles below and subsequently promoted through the training plan upon successful completion of the training steps.

To qualify for entry at the ETE 1 level (Pay range 37; $2602 - $3369/mo DOQ);**

A Bachelor's degree or higher involving major study in business or public administration or closely allied field with a minimum of 12 semester (or 18 quarter) hours of accounting (or closely related college level course work). Students within one course of meeting this qualification may also be eligible.

At the ETE 2 level (Pay range 46: $3,212 – $4,208/mo DOQ);

One year as an Excise Tax Examiner 1,

*OR *

A Bachelor's degree or higher involving major study in business or public administration or closely related field with a minimum of 12 semester (or 18 quarter) hours of accounting or very closely related college-level courses


One year of accounting or auditing experience.

*OR *

Two years of professional experience in accounting, auditing, compliance or tax administration, provided the required accounting course work (12 semester or 18 quarter hours of college level accounting or very closely related college-level courses) has been completed.

*At the ETE1 and ETE2 levels: Accounting, Auditing, Excise Tax Assistant or equivalent experience will substitute year for year for education providing required 12-semester or 18-quarter college level accounting course work has been completed or is within one course of completion. *

To be considered;

  • Complete an online application.
  • Attach a Cover letter explaining how you meet the qualifications listed.
  • Attach your resume.
  • Attach college transcript(s) showing your college-level accounting (or closely related) credits.
  • Complete the supplemental questionnaire.

*To take advantage of Veteran's preference *please attach your DD-214, member 4 long form, or your NGB-22.

Questions? Call 360.704.5738 or email dorjobs@dor.wa.gov

Supplemental Information

This job announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies for up to 6 months after the announcement closes.

To be considered for this position, you must have complied with Washington state tax laws. The Department of Revenue is committed to ensuring all employees perform in a manner warranting the highest degree of public confidence and demonstrate the highest level of ethics and integrity. By submitting your application, you consent to allow the Taxpayer Account Administration Division's review of the Department of Revenue records to ensure you have complied with Washington state tax laws.

These positions are covered by the Washington Public Employees Association (WPEA). According to the WPEA contract, as a condition of employment you must become a member of the union or pay the union a representational fee within 30 days of hire. Compensation for new hires will depend upon qualifications and will be determined in compliance with the WPEA contract.

The Department of Revenue is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and offer a respectful, inclusive culture for people with disabilities, as well as members of all protected groups and statuses. We encourage you to apply.

If you need help during the application process, please call the Human Resources Office at 360-704-5738. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-ETE Pool

Department: Dept. of Revenue

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $2,602.00 - $4,208.00 Monthly

Location: Thurston County – Tumwater, WA