Job Duties and Responsibilities
The Tax Examiner's primary responsibility is checking the validity of deductions
on tax returns and auditing them for signs of fraud. Normally a Tax Examiner will
work on individual tax returns or those filed by small businesses.
The Tax Examiner will normally work in a comfortable environmentally controlled
office setting. Generally they observe a 40 hour work week except during the tax
season. Exceptions to this might be those working with sales or excise tax and their
work is generally steady all year round. For the Tax Examiner working with federal
state or local tax returns then tax season will probably require extra hours.
Employment Outlook and Opportunities
The Tax Examiner professional will be found employed exclusively by state local
or government tax agencies.
The job growth rate for the Tax Examiner is predicted to remain steady with little
or no change according to a 2006 job outlook report filed by the US Department of
Labor which includes projections to the year 2016. There is projected within the
next seven years to be a burst of retirements resulting in increased job opportunities
for the new Tax Examiner.
How much does a Tax Examiner make - Tax Examiner Salaries and Wages
Earnings for Tax Examiners with 1 to 4 years experience are reported to be
in the range from $32,761 and $49,954 per year.
Earnings for Tax Examiners with 5 to 9 years experience are reported to be
in the range from $35,351 and $59,247 per year.
Earnings for Tax Examiners with 10 to 19 years experience are reported to
be in the range from $40,804-$66,658 per year.
How to Become a Tax Examiner
Education for Tax Examiners
Most Tax Examiner professionals are required to have a bachelor degree. There are
a few exceptions on the state and local level where in experience in an accounting
firm can be substituted for the degree. However, it is reported that advancement
opportunities are better for the graduate.
A person interested in a career as a Tax Examiner professional should have a clean
background as federal and some state and local agencies require a background check.
They are also required to have high standards of personal integrity and ethics because
they are privy to sensitive financial information. This can be a high stress job
with deadlines and extended hours.
A Tax Examiner professional can work their way up to more responsible supervisory
positions after demonstrating competence and leadership skills within their area
For more information on a career as a Tax Examiner links are provided on this site
for schools offering online and traditional campus based courses for the Tax Examiner.
Tax Examiner Resources
The National Association of County Collectors, Treasurers
and Finance Officers
National Association of Tax Professionals