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Associate Hearing Officer

Date Posted:  Jun 23, 2022
Requisition ID:  360182

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana

 Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.

At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


About the Indiana Department of Revenue:

 The Indiana Department of Revenue is responsible for providing service to Indiana citizens regarding state tax matters.  Additionally, the department administers state tax laws, develops regulations, and makes decisions about tax policy.  Join our team that has been named as an IndyStar 2019, 2020, and 2021 top places to work.



The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and education.


About the Job:

 As the Associate Hearing Office, your primary responsibility will be the resolution of taxpayer appeals on both a formal and informal basis. This includes writing and issuing the Department of Revenue’s (“DOR”) final determinations, which are published in the Indiana Register (they represent DOR’s final word on a tax matter short of legislative or court reversal), or via a negotiated settlement. You will evaluate the taxpayers’ arguments and documentation as well as DOR’s reasoning and conducts legal research to fully address a taxpayer appeal. You will also serve as a reviewer for DOR’s written documents and as a resource person-either as an adviser or participant-to in ad hoc or standing committees organized to address unique or ongoing issues before DOR. Ultimately, you will ensure that both DOR and taxpayers are in full compliance with Indiana tax law. You will also help advise and train other sections of DOR on the procedures of the Appeals section.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:


  • Fully resolve taxpayer appeals issuing final determinations addressing each appeal or otherwise resolving appeals in a timely manner.
  • Schedule and conduct administrative hearings permitting each taxpayer the opportunity to fully explain the basis for that taxpayer’s appeal if a hearing is requested by the taxpayer.
  • Schedule administrative hearings within 30 days following the date on which the appeal is initially assigned.
  • Perform the necessary legal and other research in order to fully address the taxpayer’s appeal, including internal DOR research.
  • As necessary, consult with other members of the Legal Division team, and other members of DOR.
  • Develop and maintain harmonious and professional relationships with taxpayers and their representatives, as well as colleagues within DOR.
  • Prepare and submit for review final determinations which have been thoroughly researched, well-reasoned, and clearly written and which reflect a proper application of the relevant facts, law, and DOR policy.
  • Issue the completed final determinations generally within 100 days following the date on which the appeal is assigned.
  • In instances in which both the Hearing Officer and the taxpayer agree that no administrative hearing is necessary, issue the completed final determination generally within 100 days following the date on which the appeal is initially assigned.
  • Resolve all associated issues raised following issuance of the final determination including requests for rehearing, preparation and issuance of supplementary final determinations, and settlement issues; as well as issues associated with litigation if a final determination is challenged in court.
  • Prepare and present for consideration settlement proposals stemming from assigned appeals or otherwise assigned settlements; prepare, edit, and present for execution settlement documents; assure that all necessary steps are taken to assure that DOR complies with the executed settlement agreement.
  • Conduct in a timely fashion citation checks and intermediate level review of final determinations prepared by other Hearing Officers.
  • Provide internal legal advice to the rest of DOR, as requested.
  • Participate in training and education of other DOR sections.


The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Must be licensed to practice law in the state of Indiana.
  • Knowledge of and experience with Indiana tax law.
  • Experienced in conducting all aspects of legal research, including resources and procedures.
  • Thorough knowledge of federal, state, and local law procedures, and precedents pertaining to DOR’s function and purpose.
  • Broad knowledge of legal concepts, laws, and trial rules.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of the Indiana legislative process.
  • Extensive knowledge of DOR policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Broad knowledge of programs, purpose, services, and structure of DOR.
  • Broad knowledge of Indiana State Government structure and responsibilities.                                                                      
  • Well-versed in Microsoft products for office use (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Teams).
  • Adept at learning new software applications.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and perform the essential functions of this role.


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Nearest Major Market: Indianapolis