AU-03 auditors, CRA

Group and level
Various Locations Across Canada/Divers emplacements au Canada
Appointment Type
Perm/Temp: Acting, Lateral Move, Term, Permanent, Promotion
Closing Date
May 25, 2021 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Pool to be created
Salary range
$86,956 to $105,664
Various linguistic profiles
Requisition number
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About the job

Why work at the Canada Revenue Agency?

For four consecutive years, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. We excel in the areas of employee engagement and performance, training and skills development, community involvement, health and family benefits well-being, diversity and inclusion, and much more.

The mission of the CRA is to administer tax, benefits, and related programs, and ensure compliance on behalf of governments across Canada, thereby contributing to the ongoing economic and social well-being of Canadians.

The CRA offers some of the most sought-after benefit programs, career development opportunities, in addition to competitive rates of pay, among others:

  • Flexible schedules to find the balance that is right for you between your work and your personal life;
  • Generous vacation leave as well as other leave provisions (ie. family-related, sick days, etc).;
  • healthcare plan which covers many of life’s events: medical, prescription drugs, vision care, dental care, out-of-province medical expenses and hospitalizations, etc.;
  • Access to an advantageous pension plan;
  • A workplace that supports workforce diversity and the development of talents.

For more information on working for the CRA, view our promotional video: The Canada Revenue Agency – We’re More Than Just Taxes.

What is the intent of this process?

We are currently seeking talented candidates to fill various AU-03 positions across Canada in several program areas.

Potential positions is to be staffed via this process may include, but are not limited to: Income Tax Auditor, Excise Tax Auditor, GST/HST Auditor, International Tax Auditor, Financial Reviewer, Business Intelligence Quality Assurance Officer, Computer Audit Specialist, Valuator and Investigator.

Candidates who successfully complete this staffing process and who have the required experience could be offered the opportunity to participate in developmental programs in Compliance Programs, such as International Tax. Candidates may be offered acting AU-04 appointments subject to successful completion of a developmental program.

A few AU-03 key activities include :

  • Auditing taxpayers’ returns, books, records, taxpayer requests, and supporting documents to confirm and enforce compliance with the statutes administered by the CRA. Prepares working papers, letters and reports to support work completed and compiles asset information to assist in the collection of taxpayer indebtedness.
  • Planning how the audit will be conducted; reviews documents and researches legislation, jurisprudence, publications and policies.
  • Discussing with taxpayers or their representatives complex technical and contentious issues, proposed reassessments, and recommendations regarding penalties and consideration of waiving of interest.
  • Identifying and gathering data for use in referring international, valuation, tax incentive, tax avoidance, tax evasion, and third party non-compliance issues to the appropriate section for their review, including reviews for compliance with other Statutes administered by the Agency.

Taxpayers include medium to large businesses and complexity of work is defined as:

  • Excise Tax: domestic and non-resident large business entities with economic activity in excess of 100 million dollars, such as corporations, partnerships, trusts, income trusts and other business entities.
  • Income Tax: corporations with annual gross revenues between 20 and 250 million dollars.

For more information on Compliance Programs and job descriptions, please email the contact below.

The intent of this process is to create pools of eligible candidates for various locations nationwide where positions are available or vacancies exist. Candidates will have the opportunity to indicate their preferred location(s) of work.

The pools established from this staffing process may be used to staff similar positions.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, public health recommendations and restrictions are in place across Canada and may change as circumstances evolve. You may be required to temporarily work remotely (e.g. from home). Further information will be provided if you are selected for the position.

To apply

Who can apply?

Persons living in Canada and Canadian citizens living abroad.

Preference for appointment will be given to eligible veterans and Canadian Forces members, Canadian citizens and permanent residents, in that order.

If you are a candidate from the general public, you will have to pay for any expenses related to your participation in this staffing process, as well as any relocation costs if you receive an offer of employment from this process.

Qualified members and former members of the Canadian Forces who receive an offer of employment are not entitled to relocation costs from the CRA. They may, however, be entitled to a final relocation from the Department of National Defence.

We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. The closing date and time on this notice of job opportunity may change. We may extend it if we do not have enough candidates to apply or shorten it if we have a large number of candidates apply.

Essential staffing requirements

To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements.


The CRA’s minimum education standard for AU.

For jobs in Headquarters at the AU-03 level and above, the following standard could be applied:

The eligibility for a designation from a recognized professional accounting associationor

A degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with acceptable specialization in accounting; or

A degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with acceptable specialization in business administration, commerce, economics, finance, law or tax*; or

A law degree** from a recognized post-secondary institution

* Acceptable specialization in business administration, commerce, economics, finance, law or tax

For the purpose of the minimum AU education standard, the acceptable specialization is defined as a degree, a major or equivalent (established or confirmed by a recognized postsecondary institution), in business administration, commerce, economics, finance, law or tax.

** A law degree

For the purpose of the minimum AU education standard, a law degree is an LL.B., BCL, LL.L, or J.D., which meets the postsecondary educational requirements for an application for admission to membership in a law society of a province or territory of Canada, or the Order of Notaries of the Province of Quebec.

Note: By the closing date and time of this poster, you must upload your education credentials (including school transcripts showing that you have completed the accounting courses, the course code and grade obtained) in the Education section of your Candidate Profile and submit all required documents at the moment you submit your application. All proof of education must be clear and legible. Proof must indicate that your diploma or degree was conferred, along with your name, institution and level of education (diploma, degree, masters or PhD). Failure to do so can result in your application not being considered further. We will not accept editable documents or documents sent to our mailbox. For any questions on education eligibility, please contact the email address indicated below.

The CRA will accept foreign credentials as long as they are considered acceptable by a recognized Canadian educational institution. Candidates with foreign education credentials are required to provide proof of Canadian equivalency. Any applicable fees are the responsibility of the candidate. For more information, you may refer to the Canadian Information Centre of International Credentials at the Canadian Information Centre of International Credentials.

Candidates with foreign designations must have their designation confirmed by the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA Canada). Any applicable fees are the responsibility of the candidate.


Please add a copy of your current resume to the Document section of your Candidate profile and attach it to your application at the time you submit it.

You must also satisfy at least one of the following options:

Have recent and significant complex experience* with businesses, partnerships, corporations, or trusts; acquired in a provincial tax administration, a public practice, a parapublic practice or an industry conducting or managing audits AND performing at least one of the following functions:

  • Preparing corporate or trust tax returns;
  • Administering accounting policies of medium-sized businesses, which refers to partnerships, corporations and trusts with yearly gross revenues exceeding 4 million dollars (or equivalent or higher complexity);
  • Providing tax advice under the Income Tax Act, Excise Tax Act or provincial tax acts;
  • Interpreting statutes administered by the CRA;
  • Doing internal auditing or forensic accounting or conducting investigations of fraud, criminal offences or regulatory compliance.

This experience may be acquired in a work context or during a period of practical experience designed to obtain an accounting designation from a recognized professional association (CPA, CGA, CMA, CA).


Have recent and complex experience* at the AU-02 level or higher within the CRA performing audits or examinations, or audit or examination support functions**.


A combination of the two above-mentioned options for a period of 24 consecutive months in the last 5 years.

*Recent and complex experience is normally associated with the performance of these functions as part of the major job duties accomplished for a period of 24 consecutive months in the last 5 years.

**Experience performing audits or examinations, or audit or examination support within the CRA may include, but will not be limited to experience in Audit, Business Intelligence & Quality Assurance (BIQA), Appeals, Criminal Investigations or Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) for the purposes of administering or enforcing the Income Tax Act or the Excise Tax Act.


Assessments may occur at any time after applications are submitted. You are expected to check your Candidate Profile periodically to review correspondence related to this process, including the time prior to the closing date of the job poster.

Essential requirements

The essential staffing requirements indicated below will be assessed during the process and may be used to identify candidates for positions.

  • Behavioural Cognitive Skills, Cognitive Abilities, Traits, and Drivers;
  • Performance Validation;
  • Second Language Evaluation (required only for bilingual positions);
  • Programmer Analyst Aptitude Test (PAAT) – Pass mark 65% (only for Computer Audit Specialist positions)

Please note that the assessment stage of this staffing process will be conducted in conjunction with staffing processes AU-01 (requisition 56451754) and AU-02 (requisition 56614630). If you apply to these processes, you will be assessed only once on common elements.

Testing sessions may be conducted periodically and may be scheduled during the day, in the evening or on weekends. Candidates are expected to make themselves available for assessment when scheduled. Failure to attend your scheduled assessment may result in the rejection of your application. Assessments will only be rescheduled for exceptional circumstances and supporting documentation may be requested by the Staffing Board. The Staffing Board will make these decisions on a case by case basis.

Asset staffing requirements

Additional asset staffing requirements may also be identified, assessed, and used as part of this staffing process. Any additional asset requirements will be communicated to candidates prior to being used.

We may limit the number of candidates to be considered further in this staffing process by using a top-down approach to select candidates with the best results achieved on assessments conducted within this process.

Staffing Requirements – Other Considerations

  • Budgetary considerations
  • Duration of appointment
  • Start date
  • Minimize business disruption
  • Employment Equity

Conditions of employment

  • Security: Reliability Status

Depending on the position to be staffed, you may have to satisfy other conditions of employment which may include (but not limited to):

  • Valid Driver’s license or personal mobility to a degree normally associated with the possession of a driver’s license
  • Willingness to travel
  • Willingness to work overtime
  • Willingness to work flexible schedule (including weekends, evening or statutory holidays)

Want to know more?

We encourage you to read Important information on staffing at the CRA to find out more about staffing processes and how to apply.

The CRA is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. To find out more, consult Employment equity, diversity and inclusion at the CRA. We encourage you to complete the Employment Equity (EE) Staffing questionnaire as part of your application if you wish to be considered for staffing actions using the EE staffing requirement in this process. Your questionnaire response will be retained on file for the duration of the staffing process. If you do not complete the questionnaire, you will not be considered for any staffing actions using the EE staffing requirement in this process. If you decide to modify your response or fill out this questionnaire at a later date, please notify the contact listed at the bottom of this notice of the job opportunity.

CRA employees support the economic and social well-being of Canadians and build public trust. We have high expectations, and our employees are held to the standards of conduct outlined in our Code of integrity and professional conduct and Directive on conflict of interest, gifts and hospitality, and post-employment.


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