Career Details for Tax Examiners & Collectors, & Revenue Agents

Tax Examiners & Collectors, & Revenue Agents

Also called:

Revenue Agent, Revenue Officer, Tax Auditor, Tax Examiner

What they do:

Determine tax liability or collect taxes from individuals or business firms according to prescribed laws and regulations.

On the job, you would:

  • Collect taxes from individuals or businesses according to prescribed laws and regulations.
  • Maintain knowledge of tax code changes, and of accounting procedures and theory to properly evaluate financial information.
  • Maintain records for each case, including contacts, telephone numbers, and actions taken.

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  • customer service
  • accounting and economics

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Safety and Government

  • law and government

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

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Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions



  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say

Ideas and Logic

  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen


  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.

  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Attention to Detail
  • Independence
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability


You might use software like this on the job:

Accounting software

  • Intuit QuickBooks
  • Tax software

Electronic mail software

  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook

Data base user interface and query software

  • Microsoft Access
  • Online databases


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bachelor's degree or
high school diploma/GED usually needed

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New job opportunities are less likely in the future.


per year, on average
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