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Department of Taxation and Finance

Employment opportunities

Message from Commissioner Michael R. Schmidt

Dear Job Seeker,

To provide New Yorkers with the best service possible, it is of the utmost importance that we recruit and retain a high-quality, skilled, and diverse workforce. Nearly 18 million New Yorkers rely on our employees to accurately apportion funds for schools, roads, medical care, security services, conservation programs, and much, much more.

We’re committed to administering the state’s tax system fairly, courteously, and cost effectively. We believe the way to do this is to partner the skills, creativity, and ingenuity of our workforce with the best technologies available.

Our employees are dedicated to public service and have many opportunities for personal and professional growth. We offer a competitive benefits package, including a 37.5 hour work week with flexible schedules; excellent health care; generous leave policies; a superior retirement plan; a deferred compensation program; and more.

If you’re looking to start a new career, better balance your personal and professional lives, or simply to serve New York State citizens, a career at the Department of Taxation and Finance might be right for you.


Michael R. Schmidt
New York State Department of Taxation and Finance


Current openings and applications

We’re currently recruiting temporary employees for the income tax filing season at our Albany, Latham, and Rotterdam locations.

Duties typically include a variety of clerical-support and customer service tasks, including sorting, filing, scanning, data entry and communicating with taxpayers or their representatives by telephone or through correspondence.

Current openings
Title Location Starting salary More information
Tax Information Aide Schenectady, NY $15.78/hour View the job announcement
Tax Information Aide Albany, NY $15.78/hour View the job announcement

Temporary employment

If you’re interested in a temporary position with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, complete the forms below. You don’t need to submit any additional documents.

Note: Due to the volume of applications that we receive for temporary employment, we will only keep your application in our applicant database for six months.

Temporary Position Supplemental Form—Learn about our temporary positions and tell us which you’re interested in.

Form HRM-300.1, Applicant History—Provide us with your personal, education, and employment history.

Return your completed forms

By mail:

ALBANY NEW YORK 12227-0921

By fax: 518-435-8552

About temporary employment

When we’re ready to hire temporary staff, we review each job applicant’s work experience and education to determine which opening they're best suited for. Your interest in working for the Tax Department is important to us, and we’ll carefully consider your application along with those of other qualified candidates.

About fair and appropriate compensation by state employers

See Executive Order 161 Ensuring Pay Equity by State Employers

Additional information

Our vision

We’re dedicated to providing world-class customer service. As an agency, we strive to:

  • provide fair tax administration;
  • offer easy access and responsive service to taxpayers; and
  • contribute to the vitality of New York State's economy.

Work-life quality

We recognize the importance of work-life quality and its impact on employee productivity. To promote balance we offer a progressive and flexible environment that supports personal and professional growth. Creativity, morale, and commitment improve when work, personal, and family lives are balanced.

Work-life quality initiatives that help build and retain a high-quality work force include:

  • a 37.5 hour work week; and
  • flexible work schedules (including compressed schedules and telecommuting).

Employees in New York State agencies are appointed to positions according to New York State Civil Service Law. These jobs are filled through competitive exams designed to assess individuals’ strengths and weaknesses.

Exams are posted regularly and provide the title, salary, and duties of the positions you can be eligible for after taking the exam, as well as the minimum qualifications required to take the exam, the subject and date of exam, the exam fee, and information about how to apply for the exam.

Visit the New York State Department of Civil Service to learn more about exams and employment opportunities.

New York State is an equal opportunity employer. It’s the policy of the state of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or an arrest or criminal conviction record unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Vacation, holiday, sick, and personal leave

Generous leave benefits include 13 days of paid vacation leave in the first year of employment, with bonus days for additional years of service; 12 days annual paid holidays; 5 days annual paid personal leave; and 13 days of annual paid sick leave.

Health care coverage

A choice of quality health insurance plans is available at an affordable, low premium cost to all employees and their families through enrollment in the Empire Plan or a variety of Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs).

Retirement plan

A superior plan that provides secure retirement income with vesting after 10 years of service is offered to all full-time employees.

Payroll deduction savings plans

A variety of savings plans are available through payroll deduction. For example, the deferred compensation plan, the U.S. Savings Bonds Payroll Savings Plan, and New York's College Savings Program.

New York State flex spending account

This account offers two opportunities for pre-tax savings: the Dependent Care Advantage Account and the Health Care Spending Account.

Tuition assistance programs

A variety of tuition voucher and reimbursement opportunities are offered through negotiated agreements with employee unions.

Life insurance and disability insurance

Certain employees may purchase a group-term life insurance policy. Employees who participate in the Income Protection Plan are covered for short-term and long-term disability benefits.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The EAP helps employees cope with personal issues. EAP is an assessment and referral service that can connect employees with local service providers and support services to address their needs.

Employee Wellness Program (EWP)

The EWP offers all state employees various lunchtime activities, including yoga, exercise, meditation, CPR training, and stress management seminars.

Child and elder care resource referral service

This is currently available to employees in New York City and Westchester County only. This service offers consultation and referral on child and elder care issues along with free educational materials on related topics.