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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.


  • 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


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.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Attention to Detail
  • Independence
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability


You might use software like this on the job:

Accounting software
  • Automated tax system software
  • Intuit QuickBooks software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Online databases
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

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