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Tax Accountant

County of York
Job Description
The Tax Accountant position is responsible for the collection and reconciliation of the York County Real Estate Taxes, including county, municipal and school taxes, administered through the York County Treasurer's Office in conjunction with the 72 Elected and Appointed Municipal Tax Collectors.
                             
The responsibilities include the administration of the real estate tax program in compliance with Commonwealth of PA law and York County Code.  The duties include:  program accounting and coordination, revenue and debt collection, records management and inspection, reconciliation and settlement procedures, countywide field visits, assists with tax collector training programs and seminars, preparation and analysis of monthly reports associated with the York County Real Estate Tax Program.
 
The Tax Accountant serves as a liaison with the York County Tax Collectors Association, York County Assessment Office, York County Tax Claim Bureau, York County Controller, York County Payroll Department and York County Commissioners.

Responsibilities:
Real Estate Tax Collection
  • Processes tax payments, both over-the-counter and through the mail.
  • Uploads lockbox data from Tax Collectors.
  • Processes additions and exonerations as authorized by the York County Assessment Office.
  • Records tax payments and information into the computer systems (iasWorld, Munis Financial, Tyler Cashiering and Access).
  • Prepares tax certifications
  • Distributes system generated monthly Real Estate Tax Collection Statements to tax collectors.
  • Reviews the monthly Tax Collectors DCED Reports in accordance with PA state law and County ordinances.
  • Conducts annual reconciliations with each municipal tax collector.
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  • Tracks prior year balances and facilitates collection of past due balances from municipal tax collectors
  • Conducts site visits to assist tax collectors with their reporting and problem solving.
  • Attends meetings of the York County Tax Collectors Association as directed.
  • Assists with tax collector training sessions.
  • Conducts tax sittings throughout the County.
  • Communicates via phone, email and in person to tax payers in English and Spanish, through the use of interpretation services if needed, to answer tax questions.
  • Communicates via phone, fax, email and in person with the County's 72 Municipal Tax Collectors, York County Assessment Office, York County Information Services, York County Controller, York County Payroll Department and York County Commissioners' Office, municipalities and school districts.
  • Maintains tax records for county conducted audits in compliance with state and county record retention schedules.
     
    Receipts Desk Duties (Tax Accountant is responsible for this task, at a minimum of two days per week) 
  • Receives and processes countywide cash, check or credit card payments, verifies accuracy, assures valid authorization is received for credit card payments and issues receipts.
  • Familiar with County departments and agencies and their respective account numbers.
  • Responsible for preparing daily bank deposit slips, on alternating days.
  • Responsible for the maintenance of receipt records for county conducted audits in compliance with state and county record retention schedules.
  • Responsible for daily interfacing of receipt records to the Controller's Office.
  • Responsible for daily deposit delivery to safe for pick up by security courier.
     
Other Duties
  • Prepares correspondence for the County Treasurer's signature.
  • Cross-trained to perform customer service duties including: sale of licenses for bingo, small games of chance, fishing, hunting, fur taker, sportsman's firearm permits and dog license sales.
  • Responsible to answer all types of questions over the phone and direct calls to the proper department.
  • Other reasonable duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • Embrace Treasurer's Mission Statement: "My staff and I are committed to serving you (internal and external customers) in a customer friendly and professional manner at all times."
Requirements:
  • Tax Accountant must have a thorough understanding of the York County Real Estate Tax Ordinance and all applicable PA state laws.
  • Must have valid PA driver license and reliable street vehicle available for field visits.
  • Must have knowledge of York County's townships, boroughs, school districts and major highways and road system.
  • Must have ability to read a map and navigate from directions.
  • Ability to operate a personal computer (laptop) and utilize software including:Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, Online Dog Licensing, PALS (PA hunting and fish license), Laserfiche (imaging), Munis Financial & Tyler Cashiering (cash receipting software), isaWorld (tax collection software) and BOSS (Fulton on-line banking).
  • Ability to use the following office equipment:  PC laser printer, scanner, calculator, photocopier, telephone, fax and electronic and paper filing systems.
  • Office responsibilities include knowledge and proficient use of computer based applications including but not limited to Munis, Excel, Word, Access, Outlook; and daily problem solving skills.
  • The Tax Accountant must have B.S. in accounting; or equivalent experience and training.
Compensation:
  • $36,981.72 Annually
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