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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.

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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 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Montgomery 370 $54,140
Birmingham 170 $59,710
Hoover 170 $59,710
Mobile 110 $44,400
Huntsville 70 $60,280
Dothan 50 $46,560
Daphne 40 $35,370
Foley 40 $35,370
Fairhope 40 $35,370
Tuscaloosa 40 $50,560
Gadsden 30 $47,480
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 60 $86,580
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 470 $56,840
Mesa 470 $56,840
Phoenix 470 $56,840
Tucson 60 $59,320
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 190 $60,700
North Little Rock 190 $60,700
Little Rock 190 $60,700
Jonesboro 40 $65,730
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arden 3220 $50,750
Arcade 3220 $50,750
Roseville 3220 $50,750
Sacramento 3220 $50,750
Long Beach 1640 $76,870
Anaheim 1640 $76,870
Los Angeles 1640 $76,870
San Diego 590 $59,940
Carlsbad 590 $59,940
Hayward 580 $79,710
San Francisco 580 $79,710
Oakland 580 $79,710
Riverside 360 $73,200
Ontario 360 $73,200
San Bernardino 360 $73,200
San Jose 210 $91,420
Sunnyvale 210 $91,420
Santa Clara 210 $91,420
Oxnard 60 $76,870
Ventura 60 $76,870
Thousand Oaks 60 $76,870
Fairfield 40 $79,710
Vallejo 40 $79,710
Lodi 40 $87,120
Stockton 40 $87,120
Bakersfield 30 $83,770
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 560 $56,450
Aurora 560 $56,450
Denver 560 $56,450
Colorado Springs 30 $55,590
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 600 $83,930
West Hartford 600 $83,930
Hartford 600 $83,930
Bridgeport 170 $82,400
Stamford 170 $82,400
Norwalk 170 $82,400
New Haven 80 $99,670
Waterbury 70 $94,640
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tallahassee 920 $34,290
Fort Lauderdale 810 $58,750
Miami 810 $58,750
West Palm Beach 810 $58,750
St. Petersburg 460 $35,990
Tampa 460 $35,990
Clearwater 460 $35,990
Sanford 450 $33,860
Orlando 450 $33,860
Kissimmee 450 $33,860
Jacksonville 320 $37,040
Pensacola 160 $32,480
Ferry Pass 160 $32,480
Brent 160 $32,480
Lakeland 120 $34,690
Winter Haven 120 $34,690
Fort Myers 120 $39,350
Cape Coral 120 $39,350
Ocala 90 $35,050
Melbourne 80 $33,020
Palm Bay 80 $33,020
Titusville 80 $33,020
Deltona 80 $33,460
Daytona Beach 80 $33,460
Ormond Beach 80 $33,460
Gainesville 80 $33,950
Port St. Lucie 80 $35,380
Panama City 60 $34,200
Destin 40 $30,280
Crestview 40 $30,280
Fort Walton Beach 40 $30,280
Sarasota N/A $43,820
North Port N/A $43,820
Bradenton N/A $43,820
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sandy Springs 1440 $51,630
Atlanta 1440 $51,630
Roswell 1440 $51,630
Macon 60 $38,100
Savannah 50 $39,680
Rome 40 $31,310
Gainesville 30 $32,470
Athens 30 $33,700
Clarke County 30 $33,700
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 190 $49,710
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 350 $37,220
Carmel 350 $37,220
Indianapolis 350 $37,220
Fort Wayne 40 $50,070
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 150 $60,040
Des Moines 150 $60,040
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 300 $40,370
Metairie 130 $53,950
New Orleans 130 $53,950
Bossier City 60 $43,250
Shreveport 60 $43,250
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 70 $55,800
Portland 70 $55,800
Bangor 30 $47,460
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 380 $51,640
Columbia 380 $51,640
Baltimore 380 $51,640
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 40 $67,580
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 350 $73,960
Warren 350 $73,960
Detroit 350 $73,960
Wyoming 70 $80,670
Grand Rapids 70 $80,670
Ann Arbor 30 $75,210
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
North Mankato 30 $61,400
Mankato 30 $61,400
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 110 $49,860
Pascagoula 80 $29,830
Gulfport 80 $29,830
Biloxi 80 $29,830
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jefferson City 90 $24,470
Springfield 50 $47,380
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 150 $71,150
Henderson 150 $71,150
Las Vegas 150 $71,150
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 50 $73,510
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 240 $69,510
Hammonton 70 $75,320
Atlantic City 70 $75,320
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 140 $36,870
Santa Fe 90 $36,800
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albany 1600 $54,250
Troy 1600 $54,250
Schenectady 1600 $54,250
Cheektowaga 320 $70,920
Niagara Falls 320 $70,920
Buffalo 320 $70,920
Rochester 140 $69,130
Syracuse 120 $65,050
Rome 40 $47,500
Utica 40 $47,500
Binghamton 30 $67,290
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 330 $54,050
High Point 150 $62,790
Greensboro 150 $62,790
Chapel Hill 100 $47,940
Durham 100 $47,940
Fayetteville 90 $41,490
Winston 70 $46,170
Salem 70 $46,170
Asheville 70 $50,010
Hickory 60 $46,280
Lenoir 60 $46,280
Morganton 60 $46,280
Wilmington 50 $51,100
Greenville 50 $55,790
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 590 $50,710
Elyria 250 $61,020
Cleveland 250 $61,020
Toledo 70 $46,820
Akron 60 $56,890
Dayton 60 $62,370
Canton 40 $49,590
Massillon 40 $49,590
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 200 $39,060
Tulsa 70 $71,030
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carlisle 580 $45,870
Harrisburg 580 $45,870
Pittsburgh 330 $57,180
Barre 90 $53,540
Hazleton 90 $53,540
Wilkes 90 $53,540
Scranton 90 $53,540
Reading 50 $25,490
Erie 50 $27,060
Johnstown 30 $40,350
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 610 $18,080
Carolina 610 $18,080
San Juan 610 $18,080
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 80 $53,870
North Charleston 50 $59,250
Charleston 50 $59,250
Mauldin 50 $73,370
Greenville 50 $73,370
Anderson 50 $73,370
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 30 $46,940
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 240 $65,170
Nashville 240 $65,170
Murfreesboro 240 $65,170
Davidson 240 $65,170
Knoxville 60 $61,220
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Austin 2130 $42,100
Round Rock 2130 $42,100
Dallas 540 $77,670
Arlington 540 $77,670
Fort Worth 540 $77,670
The Woodlands 530 $82,860
Sugar Land 530 $82,860
Houston 530 $82,860
San Antonio 120 $63,200
New Braunfels 120 $63,200
Edinburg 70 $45,940
McAllen 70 $45,940
Mission 70 $45,940
Waco 60 $44,720
El Paso 60 $50,590
Laredo 50 $45,660
Harlingen 40 $59,240
Brownsville 40 $59,240
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Clearfield 1760 $46,830
Ogden 1760 $46,830
Salt Lake City 80 $74,550
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 600 $44,220
Roanoke 40 $54,920
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 470 $62,180
Seattle 470 $62,180
Tacoma 470 $62,180
Olympia 380 $51,290
Tumwater 380 $51,290
Spokane Valley 70 $55,210
Spokane 70 $55,210
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 200 $29,910
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 120 $83,310
Waukesha 120 $83,310
Milwaukee 120 $83,310

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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2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

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