The Administrative Review & Hearings Division is a division of
legal and tax professionals who are passionate about continuous
improvement and who actively cultivate a culture of respect,
inclusion, and excellence. If you have a passion for
supporting others, find accomplishment in resolving challenging
requests, and thrive in an environment where innovative approaches
to problem solving are required and alternative solutions are
encouraged, the Department of Revenue may have a career opportunity
At Revenue, we put employee safety first and foremost. This is
why we will use every resource possible to ensure this hiring
process stays within the current guidelines related to COVID-19. If
selected to move forward, please be aware interviews may be
conducted virtually using a webcam teleconferencing method and most
employees are working from home.
Candidate screening will begin as early as May 27, 2021 and the
hiring authority may exercise the option to make a hiring decision
at any time after. It will be to the applicant's advantage to
submit materials as soon as possible.
The Administrative Review and Hearings Division (ARHD) hears
taxpayer reviews and appeals of department actions. These actions
include, the revocation or denial of a reseller permit, the
revocation of a business license, the issuance of a tax assessment,
the denial of a tax refund and unclaimed property actions. The
review process includes analyzing the evidence and/or briefing
submitted by the parties, holding hearings, researching relevant
cases and authority, and issuing a decision consistent with
Washington State law and department policy.
Revenue's unique culture promotes diverse perspectives and
life experiences. We employ and serve people of all backgrounds
including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+,
people with disabilities, and veterans. This unique culture
promotes a professional family of cohesive groups maximizing
potential through opportunity. Visit this link to find
out more about Revenue and read what our employees have to say
about working here. As an attorney trained in interpreting and
applying tax law and policy, you will hear and resolve taxpayers'
petitions for review of the department's actions, and respond
to taxpayers' petitions in writing. Cases cover a variety of
complex and interesting tax laws that provide you with
opportunities to research and educate taxpayers on how the law is
As a Tax Review Officer and Administrative Law Judge (Tax Policy
Specialist 2) in the ARHD, you will manage an active caseload of
tax disputes, which includes Brief Adjudicative Proceedings under
the Administrative Procedures Act (RCW 34.05. 482-494), and WAC
458-20-100 (Rule 100) reviews. Your responsibilities will
- Conducting Brief Adjudicative Proceedings to review the
department's initial orders and issuing the final agency decision
as an independent fact finder.
- Conducting Rule 100 informal administrative reviews of
petitions for correction of tax assessments, refund denials, and
adverse interpretive rulings.
- Analyzing, reviewing and providing technical legal and policy
recommendations regarding proposed guidance the department is
Admission to practice law in the State of Washington
graduation from an accredited school of law and current
admission to practice before the highest court of a state
two (2) years of experience as a hearings examiner in a
governmental agency, assistant attorney general, or a practicing
one (1) year as a DOR Tax Policy Specialist 1.
Note: An LLM or Master's degree in taxation or closely
allied field will substitute for one year of experience.
Successful candidates should possess demonstrated skills to:
- Use technology necessary to conduct the business, including
word processing, email and legal software for research
(i.e., Westlaw, Lexis).
- Communicate clearly and effectively in writing, using standard
rules of language regarding spelling, punctuation, grammar, word
usage, sentence structure and composition, and to accurately
reference supporting documents and controlling authority.
- Effectively perform legal research, identify the issues in a
case and identify areas for further analysis and
- Remain aware of timeframes and ensure deadlines are
successfully met. (It is expected that assigned APA cases are
cleared within 20 days; Rule 100 cases are cleared within 90
- Effectively work with others and resolve differences in a
- Translate concepts into messages lay persons can readily
To be considered for this position
- Complete your online application in detail, as it will be used
as your initial resume.
- Attach a cover letter explaining how you meet the
qualifications of this position.
- Attach a legal writing sample.
- Note - Incomplete applications or applications received without
these materials may be disqualified.
To take advantage of Veteran's preference, please attach
your DD-214, member 4 long form, or your NGB-22. Please blackout
your social security number and date of birth before attaching.
Hello, my name is Lance and I will be assisting with this
announcement. As a 19-year Department of Revenue employee, I
understand the importance of finding a rewarding career with a
work-life balance. At Revenue, we pride ourselves in connecting
talented individuals with opportunity and would like to answer any
questions you have.
Please contact any part of the Staffing team at Jobs@dor.wa.gov
or give me a call (360) 704-5725.
The Human Resources Division may use referrals from this
recruitment to help fill future similar vacancies for six
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal
record history will be conducted. Information from the
background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will
be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and
competence to perform in the position.
This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement
between the Department of Revenue and the Washington Public
Employees Association (WPEA).
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 360-704-5731. 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.