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032 Career100-Becoming a Tax Collector- An Interview with Sheila Wisdom

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When it comes to operating and starting a business, you need to ask the right questions and to the right persons as well. Tax collectors are just the representatives you need to see to help you prepare your business. There are many misconceptions about this career and in this edition of the Career 100 podcast, Felicia Gopaul interviews Sheila Wisdom, who will shed some light about being a Tax Collector and why this career belongs to the Top 100.

Sheila Wisdom was employed by the State of California for 39yrs. Her first 13 years were with the Department of Motor Vehicles in Watsonville, Eureka & Redding, and the remainder 26 years were with Board of Equalization (Sales & Use Tax) in Redding, San Jose and Sacramento. She became a Business Tax Representative in 1986 in the San Jose Office. She assisted taxpayers to understand & apply the tax laws, rules and regulations administered by CA to their business situations, assist them in filing their tax returns, held Revocation Hearings, collect delinquent taxes. Part of her job description there was to travel throughout Santa Clara County to business locations–checking on flea markets and booths at the county fair to confirm all businesses held a valid Sellers Permit and answer any questions individuals might have.
Eventually moving to Sacramento, she worked in the “Out of State District Office” where all the taxpayers were located outside the state of CA doing business in this state. All her job duties were the same except she no longer traveled to their business sites. The same tax laws, rules and regulations administered by CA applied to their business and in some cases, she had to verify that the business entity had some type of presence/nexus in CA.

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Listen to what is in store for you in this edition of the Career 100 Podcast. Gather valuable information and learn more about:

– Sheila’s unique story on becoming a successful tax collector, which she transitioned to out from a different career
– The different problems Tax collectors solve or deal with
– Common myths and misconceptions about Tax Collectors specifically in the area of debt collecting
– Educational requirements in becoming a Tax Collector
– Changes in the industry
– Why this career belongs to the Top 100 of the decade.

Individuals and corporations alike are always gonna have to need advice on tax laws and how they are applied. Verbal contact is always needed, because these laws can be applied differently and they’re never in black and white. If you’re someone who’s interested in business, the law, and has good set of social skills, this might be the career for you. Don’t miss this edition of the Career 100 Podcast.

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