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Tax Examiners, Collectors, and Revenue Agents
Taxes are one of the certainties of life, and as long as governments collect taxes, there will be jobs for tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents.
The Job
Tax examiners usually deal with the simplest tax returns-those filed by individual taxpayers with few deductions or those filed by small businesses. At the entry level, many tax examiners perform clerical duties, such as reviewing tax returns and entering them into a computer system for processing. If there is a problem, tax examiners may contact the taxpayer to resolve it.
Work Environment
Tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents work in clean, pleasant, and comfortable office settings.
College Majors
Bachelor's degree or a combination of some college education and related experience.
Minimum Qualifications
Many tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents have a bachelor's degree. But relevant experience, or a combination of postsecondary education and experience, is sufficient qualification for many jobs.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Revenue agents need strong analytical, organizational, and time management skills.
Quick Facts
  • Tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents work for Federal, State, and local governments.
  • Employment is expected to have little or no change, but the large number of retirements over the next 10 years should create many job openings.
  • Competition will be greatest for positions with the Internal Revenue Service.
Compensation and Outlook
In May 2008, median annual wages for all tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents were $48,100. The middle 50 percent earned between $36,590 and $66,730. The bottom 10 percent earned less than $28,390, and the top 10 percent earned more than $89,630. However, wages vary considerably, depending on the level of government and occupational specialty. For example, in March 2009, the Federal Government's average annual salary was $42,035 for tax examiners, $91,507 for internal revenue agents, an
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