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Revenue Agent (Government)

Overview: Revenue agents conduct audits and investigations of federal income tax returns of persons or organizations to decide if taxes are due to the government. They interview taxpayers and examine their receipts, calculations and deductions to determine if & how much more tax is due.
Duties: They conduct audits of taxpayer's income tax returns to verify their accuracy and validity for the purpose of determining whether more taxes are due.

They analyze the accounting books and records of individual taxpayers or organizations to determine whether the accounting methods used are in compliance with tax regulations.

They investigate business operating methods, specific large financial transactions, invoices, payments, etc. to verify their accuracy and compliance with income tax criteria.

They secure taxpayers agreement to pay additional taxes as calculated by the revenue agent or their intentions to appeal their case. They serve on appeal boards and committees.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Accounting 
A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.A.S. Management: Real Estate-Insurance Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment of revenue agents is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018 stemming from changes in government policy toward tax enforcement and from growth in the number of businesses. The Federal Government is expected to increase its tax enforcement efforts, and new technology and information sharing among tax agencies make it easier for agencies to pinpoint potential offenders, increasing the number of cases for audit and collection.
Salary Range (National Average): $37,000 to $42,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree in accounting with a concentration in taxes is the usual educational requirement for this occupation. Courses in computer-applications in accounting, auditing and financial management are essential. Certification by the Institute of Internal Auditors or the Certified Public Accountants by passing a written examination is helpful.
Recommended Skills:
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.