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Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents

Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents
Quick Facts : Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents*
2010 Median Pay$49,360
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201274,500
Job Outlook7% (Slower than average)
Employment Change5,500


Tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents ensure that governments get the tax money from businesses and citizens. They look at tax returns, conduct audits determine the taxes owed and collect payments.

What Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents Do

  • Review filed tax returns to determine whether tax credits and deductions claimed are allowed by law
  • Contact taxpayers by mail or telephone to address problems and to request supporting documentation
  • Conduct field audits and investigations of income tax returns to verify information or to update tax liabilities
  • Evaluate financial information, using their familiarity with accounting procedures and knowledge of changes to tax laws and regulations
  • Notify taxpayers of any overpayment or underpayment, and either issue a refund or request further payment

Work Environment

Tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents work for federal, state, and local governments. Many work primarily in an office. Others spend most of their time doing field audits in taxpayers' homes or places of business.
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Job Outlook

Employment of tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents is expected to grow 7 percent from 2010 to 2020.
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Pay

The average salary of tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents was $49,360 in May 2010.
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Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents

49360

Finance Occupations

59143.0435

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents*
Percent Change in Employment

Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents

7.38255

Finance Occupations

18.39732977618342

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents

Tax examiners need a bachelor's degree in accounting or a related discipline or a combination of relevant education and experience in accounting, auditing, or tax compliance work. Tax examiner candidates at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) must have a bachelor's degree or 1 year of full-time specialized experience, which could include work in accounting, bookkeeping, or tax analysis.
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