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Tax Examiner/Revenue Agent  What They Do

Just the Facts


Determines tax liability or collects taxes from individuals or business firms according to prescribed laws and regulations.

This career is part of the Finance cluster Corporate Finance pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Collects taxes according to laws and regulations.
  • Maintains knowledge of tax code changes, and accounting procedures to properly evaluate financial information.
  • Maintains tax records for each case.
  • Conducts field audits and investigates income tax returns to verify or amend tax liabilities.
  • Selects appropriate courses of action to resolve tax issues, such as partial payment agreement or seizure and sale of property.
  • Notifies taxpayers of refund or request for further payment.
  • Imposes deadlines and monitors payments on delinquent accounts.
  • Checks tax forms to verify that information is correct.
  • Answers questions from taxpayers and assists them in completing tax forms.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

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  • Treasurer -- Directs financial planning, procurement and investment of funds for an organization.
  • Business Taxes Specialist --
  • Income Tax Auditor --