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Tax Policy Analyst - Public Service Coordinator II

Tax Policy Analyst - Public Service Coordinator II
Augusta, Maine, United States | Legal | Full-time | Partially remote
Apply by: June 24, 2022
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Sales, Fuel and Special Tax Division
Maine Revenue Services

CODE: CA30   SALARY RANGE: 30 - $63,252.80 - $86,028.80/annually
CLOSES: June 24, 2022
The Sales, Fuel and Special Tax Division within Maine Revenue Services (MRS) is seeking applications for the position of Tax Policy Analyst. The Division administers twenty tax types including sales tax, fuel tax, service provider tax, marijuana excise tax, tobacco and cigarette taxes and several other taxes, fees, and refund programs. The Division is organized into four functional units: taxpayer assistance and office administration, taxpayer account maintenance and system administration, tax policy and outreach, and audit.
This is a full-time position to provide legal tax policy analysis, advice and assistance to the Division regarding all aspects of tax policy, legislative, administrative, and compliance matters. See below for a list of representative duties. 
  • Conducts research and tax policy analysis of tax related legislative documents, assists in drafting legislation, prepares legislative analysis memos, coordinates the Division’s legislative review process, prepares supporting documentation such as draft testimony, and appears before legislative committees regarding tax related legislation as directed.
  • Conducts legal research, analyzes applicable law, and drafts legal memoranda, legislative proposals, and related communications.
  • Works on assigned projects, consulting as appropriate with the MRS Offices of Tax Policy and General Counsel and the Maine Attorney General’s Office.
  • Coordinates and assists the Division Director and Office of General Counsel on matters under appeal at the Maine Board of Tax Appeals and Maine Courts.
  • assists in drafting and reviewing rules, instructional bulletins, advisory rulings, and other guidance documents.
  • Serves as agency records retention officer.
  • Coordinates and reviews all FOAA requests to ensure compliance with FOAA and confidentiality.
  • Completes tax surveys.
  • Represents the Division in public forums.
  • Excellent legal research, analysis, and writing skills;
  • Excellent listening and speaking skills;
  • Knowledge of the legislative process;
  • General knowledge of administrative law, contract law, tax law and constitutional law;
  • Ability to organize, keep current, and clearly explain detailed information about current and recent tax legislation and related matters; and
  • Ability to work well with others.
Candidates must possess a law degree from an accredited law school and be in good standing with any State bars to which the candidate has been admitted. In addition, candidates must be admitted to practice law in Maine – OR – be eligible for admission to practice law in the State of Maine with the provision that admittance to practice law and registration with the Board of Overseers of the Bar occurs within six (6) months of date of hire. Two (2) or more years of experience in legal practice is preferred, but not required. 
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.
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 Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays12 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 ($9,893.52-$11,057.52 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.  
  • Health Insurance Premium Credit – Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements
  • Dental Insurance – The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value). 
  • Retirement Plan – The State of Maine contributes 17.96% of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.  
  • Gym Membership Reimbursement – Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense. 
  • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts – Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses. 
  • Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness – The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office
  • Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program. 
  • Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child—including fathers and adoptive parents—receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act.  
  • Voluntary Deferred Compensation – Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions. 
  • Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness
Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.
Apply by: June 24, 2022