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Tax Examiners

Tax examiners review tax returns, conduct audits, identify taxes payable and collect overdue taxes. They try and obtain the revenues owed the government from citizens and businesses. A tax examiner examines filed tax returns for accuracy and to determine if tax credits and deductions are legal. If the taxpayer owes additional taxes, a tax examiner changes the total amount due by assessing fees, penalties and interest and notifies the taxpayer of the total liability.

Tax examiners typically work with the simplest tax returns such as tax returns filed by individuals which have few deductions and also small businesses. However, some tax examiners deal with more complex tax areas including business net operating losses and pensions. Many entry-level tax examiners perform clerical tasks.

Tax examiners employed by the Federal government provide any adjustments or corrections they make to tax returns to the states. State tax examiners need to determine if the adjustments affect the taxpayer's State tax liability.

Revenue agents work for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and equivalent state and local government agencies. Revenue agents specialize in tax-related accounting work. They audit returns for accuracy, however they also work with complex sales, income and excise tax returns of businesses and large companies. Collectors, also known as revenue officers, in the IRS work with delinquent accounts. The collector works with taxpayers to determine how to settle the debt.

Responsibilities

  • Determine if tax credits and deductions claimed by taxpayers are legitimate
  • Check the accuracy of returns
  • Verify that Social Security numbers match names
  • Contact taxpayers by telephone and mail to request supporting documentation
  • Make sure tax payers have correctly interpreted the instructions included in the tax forms
  • Notify taxpayers of an underpayment or overpayment and request additional payment or issue a refund
  • Stay current with tax codes changes and accounting procedures
  • Maintain records for each case

Job Characteristics

Stress can occur due to working under a deadline in examining returns and evaluating taxpayer claims. Trustworthiness is vital since tax examiners deal with confidential financial and personal information. They should have good analytical skills and be good with numbers. They also need good time management abilities.

Tax examiners generally work 40 hours per week, however overtime might be necessary during the tax season. Tax examiners that work for state and local governments might have a steadier year-round workload due to working with gasoline, sales and cigarette taxes instead of working with tax returns.

Employment Outlook

The job growth rate for tax examiners, revenue agents and collectors is projected to grow 2% from 2006 to 2016. Demand for tax examiners will be created by changes in government policy regarding tax enforcement and from growth in the number of companies.

Automation may adversely affect the demand for tax examiners. Those with knowledge of tax laws and experience dealing with complicated tax issues will have the best opportunities. Tax examiners employed by the Federal government earned an average of $38,290 in 2006.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Many tax examiners have a bachelor's degree. Many tax examiners have a degree in accounting or a related subject. However relevant experience or a combination of experience and post secondary education is sufficient for many jobs.

For Federal government jobs, employees are required to have a bachelor's degree or a combination of related experience and some college education. For State and local government jobs, workers often have an associate degree, some college business courses and specialized experience. However, some have a combination of specialized experience and a high school diploma. The specific training and education requirements vary by occupational specialty. Tax examiners are provided formal training after they are hired.

Those seeking to become a tax examiner typically take college courses in tax compliance laws, auditing and multiple levels of accounting and finance. Employers typically offer education on any changes in tax laws, procedures and regulations.

Resources

Major Employers

The major employers are the Federal government, State governments and local governments.

Schools for Tax Examiners And Revenue Agents are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Tax Examiners and Revenue Agents

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Tax Examiners and Revenue Agents jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Montgomery 370 $58,340
Hoover 200 $62,130
Birmingham 200 $62,130
Mobile 100 $48,000
Huntsville 70 $63,570
Dothan 50 $49,010
Daphne 40 $34,990
Fairhope 40 $34,990
Foley 40 $34,990
Tuscaloosa 40 $49,620
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 60 $84,770
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 490 $54,470
Mesa 490 $54,470
Phoenix 490 $54,470
Tucson 70 $54,870
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 210 $53,230
North Little Rock 210 $53,230
Little Rock 210 $53,230
Jonesboro 50 $65,300
Pine Bluff 30 $43,680
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arcade 2960 $49,970
Sacramento 2960 $49,970
Roseville 2960 $49,970
Arden 2960 $49,970
Long Beach 1680 $73,940
Anaheim 1680 $73,940
Los Angeles 1680 $73,940
Hayward 610 $76,270
San Francisco 610 $76,270
Oakland 610 $76,270
Ontario 340 $71,670
Riverside 340 $71,670
San Bernardino 340 $71,670
Sunnyvale 220 $91,400
San Jose 220 $91,400
Santa Clara 220 $91,400
Oxnard 70 $73,930
Thousand Oaks 70 $73,930
Ventura 70 $73,930
Fairfield 30 $76,270
Vallejo 30 $76,270
Bakersfield 30 $81,900
Lodi 30 $90,140
Stockton 30 $90,140
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 580 $55,930
Aurora 580 $55,930
Denver 580 $55,930
Colorado Springs 40 $54,870
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hartford 590 $81,310
East Hartford 590 $81,310
West Hartford 590 $81,310
Bridgeport 170 $87,050
Norwalk 170 $87,050
Stamford 170 $87,050
New Haven 100 $91,960
Waterbury 60 $91,080
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 860 $56,330
Miami 860 $56,330
Fort Lauderdale 860 $56,330
Kissimmee 570 $32,980
Sanford 570 $32,980
Orlando 570 $32,980
Tampa 460 $35,690
St. Petersburg 460 $35,690
Clearwater 460 $35,690
Jacksonville 350 $38,130
Brent 160 $32,410
Ferry Pass 160 $32,410
Pensacola 160 $32,410
North Port 150 $39,840
Sarasota 150 $39,840
Bradenton 150 $39,840
Cape Coral 130 $43,240
Fort Myers 130 $43,240
Winter Haven 120 $33,950
Lakeland 120 $33,950
Titusville 80 $31,950
Palm Bay 80 $31,950
Melbourne 80 $31,950
Ocala 80 $33,950
Deltona 80 $34,510
Daytona Beach 80 $34,510
Ormond Beach 80 $34,510
Gainesville 70 $34,070
Port St. Lucie 70 $38,020
Crestview 50 $33,340
Destin 50 $33,340
Fort Walton Beach 50 $33,340
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sandy Springs 1610 $49,620
Atlanta 1610 $49,620
Roswell 1610 $49,620
Savannah 60 $41,070
Rome 50 $36,070
Macon 50 $47,470
Gainesville 40 $35,800
Clarke County 30 $36,090
Athens 30 $36,090
Warner Robins 30 $38,310
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 200 $49,060
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 360 $37,240
Carmel 360 $37,240
Indianapolis 360 $37,240
Fort Wayne 40 $61,880
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 140 $61,800
Des Moines 140 $61,800
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Topeka 260 $32,400
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 30 $64,430
Lexington 30 $64,430
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 330 $41,220
Metairie 140 $58,550
New Orleans 140 $58,550
Bossier City 60 $44,120
Shreveport 60 $44,120
Houma N/A $41,050
Thibodaux N/A $41,050
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Portland 70 $52,620
South Portland 70 $52,620
Bangor 40 $47,610
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 370 $50,800
Columbia 370 $50,800
Baltimore 370 $50,800
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 50 $68,290
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Warren 360 $72,140
Dearborn 360 $72,140
Detroit 360 $72,140
Wyoming 90 $69,800
Grand Rapids 90 $69,800
Ann Arbor 30 $72,140
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
North Mankato 30 $57,260
Mankato 30 $57,260
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 100 $51,850
Pascagoula 50 $34,460
Biloxi 50 $34,460
Gulfport 50 $34,460
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jefferson City 80 $23,960
Springfield 60 $48,980
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 150 $70,200
Henderson 150 $70,200
Las Vegas 150 $70,200
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 50 $74,680
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 300 $66,640
Hammonton 70 $74,790
Atlantic City 70 $74,790
Bridgeton 30 $73,610
Vineland 30 $73,610
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 150 $37,000
Santa Fe 90 $36,920
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albany 1690 $52,870
Troy 1690 $52,870
Schenectady 1690 $52,870
Cheektowaga 330 $70,010
Niagara Falls 330 $70,010
Buffalo 330 $70,010
Rochester 140 $68,680
Syracuse 130 $60,360
Rome 30 $49,680
Utica 30 $49,680
Binghamton 30 $68,870
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 330 $49,280
Greensboro 160 $53,650
High Point 160 $53,650
Fayetteville 90 $42,470
Durham 90 $47,800
Chapel Hill 90 $47,800
Asheville 80 $47,780
Salem 70 $45,910
Winston 70 $45,910
Lenoir 60 $47,540
Morganton 60 $47,540
Hickory 60 $47,540
Wilmington 60 $47,620
Greenville 40 $50,690
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 600 $49,640
Elyria 230 $62,850
Cleveland 230 $62,850
Toledo 70 $45,870
Dayton 70 $57,490
Akron 60 $51,530
Canton 40 $48,660
Massillon 40 $48,660
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 180 $46,290
Tulsa 100 $64,420
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carlisle 560 $46,030
Harrisburg 560 $46,030
Pittsburgh 390 $52,430
Barre 130 $19,850
Hazleton 130 $19,850
Wilkes 130 $19,850
Scranton 130 $19,850
Erie 70 $19,410
Reading 40 $18,670
Johnstown 40 $37,000
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 600 $18,840
Carolina 600 $18,840
San Juan 600 $18,840
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 80 $54,860
North Charleston 50 $59,780
Charleston 50 $59,780
Mauldin 40 $75,220
Anderson 40 $75,220
Greenville 40 $75,220
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 40 $45,110
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 260 $64,420
Murfreesboro 260 $64,420
Davidson 260 $64,420
Nashville 260 $64,420
Knoxville 60 $58,570
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Austin 1950 $42,730
Round Rock 1950 $42,730
Sugar Land 550 $81,780
The Woodlands 550 $81,780
Houston 550 $81,780
Arlington 540 $76,340
Dallas 540 $76,340
Fort Worth 540 $76,340
San Antonio 140 $58,480
New Braunfels 140 $58,480
McAllen 70 $45,840
Edinburg 70 $45,840
Mission 70 $45,840
El Paso 70 $53,250
Waco 50 $44,520
Laredo 50 $44,630
Brownsville 50 $49,340
Harlingen 50 $49,340
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Clearfield 1770 $46,290
Ogden 1770 $46,290
Salt Lake City 80 $71,400
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 600 $43,450
Roanoke 40 $55,310
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 520 $60,850
Tacoma 520 $60,850
Seattle 520 $60,850
Tumwater 400 $52,480
Olympia 400 $52,480
Spokane Valley 70 $53,810
Spokane 70 $53,810
Bellingham 30 $60,850
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 90 $37,540
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Madison 270 $47,330
West Allis 140 $79,890
Milwaukee 140 $79,890
Waukesha 140 $79,890

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Tax Examiners and Revenue Agents

To find out more about building a career as Tax Examiners, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Most Popular Industries for :
Tax Examiners and Revenue Agents

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Government 66,030 100% $48,100
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