Tax Specialist (TS3 2019-11414) *Three* Olympia – Olympia, WA 98501

Here’s your opportunity to be a key part of how we live our vision and BUILD the nation’s best and most future ready workforce – starting right here at ESD!

Who We Are and What We Do

Here at the Employment Security Department (ESD), we believe in the Power to Help when people need it most. We provide economic security to the people of Washington every day and in every corner of the state. We help people find jobs, provide our communities with inclusive workforce solutions and soon we’ll be providing paid family medical leave. If our mission motivates you, please apply to be a part of our team!

Why it’s a great department/business unit:
Unemployment Insurance Customer Service (UICS), Tax & Wage ensures Employment Security can pay timely benefits to unemployed workers by collecting taxes owed by Washington employers and by striving to make sure wage-history information is available for anyone who files an unemployment claim. The Registration unit determines liability of employers, establishes employer accounts, processes power of attorney forms, updates account information, tax rates, and processes requests for relief of benefit charges. By providing this type of support, you will ensure the accuracy, efficiency, fairness and accessibility of Unemployment Insurance Benefits and UI taxes for our customers.

Position Summary: Our UI Tax/Registration unit is seeking to hire Two (2) full-time/Permanent and One (1) full-time/non-permanent Tax Specialist (TS3) positions, the non-permanent position is expected to last up to one (1) year. As a Tax Specialist, you will use your working knowledge of the Employment Security Act, regulations, accounting/auditing practices and legal procedures related to tax liability to provide technical expertise and establish employer liability under Title 50. This support contributes towards the timely payment of benefits to unemployed workers. If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, we invite you to apply and join our team in making a difference in our communities!

We encourage you to learn more about our Unemployment Insurance division.


Core Daily Responsibilities:

  • Analyzing and independently determining employer liability under Title 50, determining whether an account needs to be established, reinstated or inactivated.
  • Determining whether a predecessor/successor relationship exists to ensure correct tax rate assignments and prevent SUTA dumping.
  • Assisting employers with Unified Business Identifier (UBI) questions and interacting with the Department of Licensing, Office of the Secretary of State, Department of Labor & Industries, and Department of Licensing to determine potential employer liability for other agencies.
  • Establishing accounts when quarterly reports are received without a valid tax identification number using information that is available in other agency databases.
  • Applying class codes and payment method to accounts to ensure proper rate assignment.
  • Researching, approving/denying requests for voluntary election for corporate officer coverage; maintaining the corporate officer database.
  • Registering and maintaining the Professional Employer Organization (PEO) and PEO client information into the database.
  • Responding to employer correspondence regarding non-profit payment methods status, business sales, conversions, name changes and FEIN updates.
  • Educating employers and internal customers so they know which state to report wages for their employees; explaining IRS Certification to employers when the IRS contacts them about wage discrepancies.
  • Examining Business License Applications to establish or review accounts to ensure tax rates are correctly assigned.

For a full description of duties – please click here to request from recruiter: PDF Request

Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

OR Two (2) years of experience involving general tax administration or providing staff support in liability determination

OR One (1) year of experience as an ESD Tax Specialist 3.

Supplemental Information:

Please attach a resume and letter of interest to your on-line application (through the Add Attachment(s) field).

  • Applications with comments such as “see attachments” in the supplemental question responses will be considered incomplete.

Other Information

  • Final external candidates must pass an Unemployment Insurance (UI) Fraud Check.
  • This recruitment may be used to establish a qualified pool of TS3 candidates for agency-wide vacancies in the next six months.
  • The Employment Security Department is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
  • If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application, please contact [email protected] or (360) 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960.

Veteran’s Preference

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wish to claim Veteran’s Preference must attach a copy of their DD214 or other verification of military service. Please black out any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers.

Thank you for your service!

Modern Workplace

ESD’s employee engagement continued to trend upward in 2018 as we developed programs to improve the employee experience. We are diligent and remain focused on creating a modern workplace designed to meet the needs of a changing workforce. We have wellness programs, telework policies and flexible schedules. We’re working to update our facilities all over the state to enhance both the client and employee experience.

Opportunity for All
The Washington Employment Security Department is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Please include your name and preferred pronouns in your application, to ensure we address you appropriately throughout the application process.

More than Just a Paycheck

Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation. Beyond the traditional benefits such as insurance, retirement, and related benefits, we offer Flex Spending Accounts, Dependent Care Assistance, Deferred Compensation and so much more. We take work life balance seriously and many of our offices offer flexible work hours with a wider variety of shift and schedule option to assist in this.

For specific questions about this position, contact Jeanette Nelson at [email protected] or 360-902-9544. You can also email us at [email protected], or contact Washington Relay Service 711 if you are a person with a disability needing assistance in the application process, if you need this job announcement in an alternate format, or with general questions about this opportunity.


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