Tax Examiner

Tax examiners are responsible for reviewing tax returns that have been filed to determine whether they are accurate. For example they check to see whether credits or deductions on the returns are in compliance with the law. If there are questions they contact the taxpayers and ask them to supply documentation for items on the return so that any errors can be rectified. Tax examiners need good interpersonal skills because they must be able to work with taxpayers to determine whether or not their returns are correct. They must be able to communicate clearly in person on the phone or in writing. Most tax examiners work for federal state and local agencies although some work for the private sector. They must have a detailed understanding of tax laws and must keep up with any changes in the tax code or revisions in regulations. In addition they get training as new accounting procedures become available. To work for a federal agency such as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) they need at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related discipline but many have education beyond the bachelor’s degree. State and local governments require those they employ in this job to be skilled at working with numbers and to have a solid background in math. To be hired for this job tax examiners often need to have experience in tax compliance or auditing. Earnings for tax examiners vary depending on the level of government experience and education. According to the website tax examiners can earn annual salaries that range from approximately $45000 to $85000 and for full time workers there are usually benefits such as health insurance and retirement plans.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $65000
High Salary: $85000
Low Salary: $45000
Tasks: Reviews filed tax returns for accuracy.
Determines tax credits and deductions.
Contacts taxpayers to resolve tax issues.
Spots mistakes on tax returns.
Also Called: Auditor
Tax Collector
Revenue Agent
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