CDTFA Careers

CDTFA Careers

To learn more about CDTFA, please contact our Recruitment Specialist at or 1-916-309-0080.

Join #TeamCDTFA! New team members, new ideas, and creative new perspectives are welcomed at CDTFA. Learn about our exciting career opportunities that offer reliable income, stable health and retirement benefits, work-life balance, paid holidays, and advancement opportunities. Our team members play a vital role in supporting public services and making life better for Californians.

We offer a variety of careers in the areas of Tax Auditing and Compliance, Administration, Communications, Public Affairs, Information Technology, Legal, Accounting, Human Resources, and more.

At CDTFA, we have a diverse workforce and culture and invest in our team members. You can become a certified public accountant or continue your education using one of our advancement programs. We provide valuable career advice through our highly-regarded mentoring program, on-the-job training, upward mobility program, and our career center. You may also learn about work-life balance with our wellness program and be recognized through our multi-level recognition program.

Contact our recruitment specialists today!

Why is CDTFA the employer of choice?

How do you get started?

Applying for a job at the CDTFA is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

To get started, please visit to search for CDTFA jobs that interest you. Once you find the position you want, you must complete a self-assessment for that classification. Apply now in three easy steps!

  1. Search for a job: Select the “Advanced Job Search” option then search by “Department” for CA Department of Tax and Fee Administration positions. Then select “Search Jobs”.

  2. Take the exam or self-assessment. This allows us to learn more about your education, experience, abilities, and knowledge. Click on the “Exam/Assessment Search” option then search by “Department” for CA Department of Tax and Fee Administration's exams/assessments. Then select “Search.”

    Make sure to read the job's bulletin to see the qualifications needed. If you are qualified, begin the assessment by selecting “View Exam Posting” for the classification that most interests you. Once you pass the exam, you can start applying!

  3. Apply for CDTFA Jobs! If you need help, watch the video below.

Electronically Apply for Jobs with the State

How to Get Started Working for California

California has a merit-based civil service selection system. This ensures the state hires and promotes people based on job-related qualifications. Before you can work for the state, you need to take and pass an examination for the specific job classification.

There are two types of examinations: Open and Promotional.

  • Open examinations are open to anyone meeting the minimum qualifications listed on the exam bulletin for the classification regardless of their current place of employment.
  • Promotional examinations are limited to current or recent California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) employees with permanent status who meet the minimum qualifications listed on the exam bulletin for the classification.

You can find available CDTFA exam bulletins on the calcareers webpage. If a classification isn't listed, then an exam for that classification isn't currently available. Read the job bulletin to see the qualifications needed. Exam bulletins contain salary information, minimum qualifications, and application instructions. Instructions vary so it's important to read each bulletin carefully.

If you are interested and meet the qualifications, begin the assessment. After completing the examination, candidates receive a final score and are placed on the eligibility list. Once you pass the exam, you are eligible to start applying!

  • UCMF – University/College/Meet the Firms Outreach
  • D&I – Diversity & Inclusion Outreach
  • JCO – Job Center Outreach
  • CIRO – CDTFA Internal Recruitment/Outreach
  • Other – Outreach

CDTFA is the place to be! Our Department provides many opportunities for our team members. Our Upward Mobility and Apprenticeship Programs help team members advance in their careers. Our Training and Employee Development Unit offers many training opportunities to help foster an environment full of learning and employee development.

As a state employee, you will have access to generous medical benefits that provide team members with substantial health, dental, and vision coverage. These benefits give team members the tools to balance work, life, and family.

CDTFA offers a lot of opportunities for our team members!

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