Tax Auditor

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Location: Hay River

Department: FIN Tax Audit & Investigations

Job Code: 14873

Salary: $91,358 - $109,064

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

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About the Job

Department Information

The Department of Finance has the mandate to provide leadership and direction to the public service in all areas of finance and human resource management. This mandate includes negotiating major financial arrangements with the federal government, providing analysis and advice to the Financial Management Board, and ensuring that financial and information resources are managed effectively, efficiently and economically. This mandate also includes the recruitment and retention of a competent public service that is representative of the people it serves and the development of programs and services that effectively serve the human resource needs of the public service


Job Information


The Tax Audit and Investigations section provides assurance that tax collectors and taxpayers are reporting and remitting their taxes timely and accurately. Utilizing Generally Accepted Auditing Standards and current investigative techniques and standards, the Tax Audit and Investigations section enforces compliance through, reviews, inspections, audits, investigations, and seizures; issues and pursues assessments of unreported taxes, penalties, and interest; and when applicable pursues possible prosecutions. The results of work by the Tax Audit and Investigations section are considered technically authoritative and are normally accepted without change. The majority of compliance audits result in some form of assessment. The assessments related to unreported taxes owed to the GNWT. The size of these assessments varies greatly depending on the size of the company being audited and the type of audit done (i.e. Tobacco, Petroleum Products, or Payroll). Assessments from $100,00 to $500,00 occur on a regular basis.

Critical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The Tax Auditor should possess the following skills:

Cognitive Skills

Technical Skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication, including presentation skills.
  • Expert in using computer for data collection, data analysis, development models, and audit application.
  • Proficient in various types of computerized accounting systems.
  • Proficient in current compliance auditing techniques and standards; and investigative techniques and standards.
  • Proficient in interpreting and applying tax legislation.
  • Proficient in writing policies and procedures.
  • Understanding of the rules of evidence and have some knowledge of court procedures.
  • Proficient in the Payroll Tax Act (1993), the Petroleum Products Tax Act, the Tobacco Tax Act, and their various regulations.
  • Proficient in the Income Tax Act, Financial Administration Act and GNWT Policies and Procedures.
  • Proficient in the various commodity tax Acts and Regulations of other jurisdictions in Canada.

Analytical Skills

  • Ability to design and conduct a wide range of research/fact finding activities.
  • Proficient in analysis of collected data to evaluate compliance with tax Acts.
  • Proficient in documenting reasons and conclusions.
  • Skillful in conducting analysis of processes, systems, risks, controls, strategies, networks, and culture.

Appreciative/Judgmental skills

  • Resolves organizational and situational complexities through judgment.
  • Employs strategic thinking in judgment.
  • Promotes the creative and effective use of resources.
  • Exercise professional judgment when dealing with complex or politically sensitive matters.
  • Anticipates cultural and behavioural issues.
  • Focuses questioning effectively to gather information.

Behavioural Skills

Personal Skills

  • Shows professional demeanor.
  • Willingly accepts/meets commitments and deadlines.
  • Determined/persevering in completing the assigned responsibilities.
  • Inquisitive but carries a professional skepticism.
  • Handles stressful situations well.
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision and effectively in an unstructured environment.
  • Self-confident visionary thinker.
  • Ability to multi-task normally working on several projects at one time.

Interpersonal skills

  • Communications concisely and effectively.
  • Ability to make persuasive presentations.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and confidently with tax collectors/payers, and to respect the confidentiality of taxpayer information.
  • Sensitive and supportive in dealing with others.
  • A team leader who is able to coach/mentor and motivate/develop others.
  • Supervises sensitively and productively.
  • Ability to interview for investigations.

Organization skills

  • Communicates effectively about the progress/outcomes of compliance auditing work and investigations.
  • Contributes to the development of organizational goals and strategies.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

A Business related Degree; completion of 3rd level towards a recognized accounting designation (i.e. CMA, CGA); two (2) years of directly related compliance auditing experience; and two (2) years of experience working with petroleum products, tobacco, and/or payroll taxes. Experience in compliance auditing and working with petroleum products, tobacco, and/or payroll taxes may be obtained concurrently.

Working with petroleum products/tobacco/payroll tax administration; training in compliance auditing and investigations; extensive experience in computerized accounting and related software; training in investigative techniques; and training in obtaining and preservation of evidence; are definite assets.

More Information


The incumbent in this position will be required to travel within the NWT and southern Canada.  Travel may be on short notice or the travel may be required over the weekend in some instances.  Duty travel of 10 to 14 consecutive calendar days may be required.



Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.


Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $46.85 per hour (approximately $91,358.00 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $5,624.00.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.


Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.


Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID #14873         

Closing Date:  OPEN TILL FILLED - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time


GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Hay River HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
#209, 62 Woodland Drive
Ph. (867) 874-5085
Fax (867) 874-5095