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Career Details :: Tax Examiners, Collectors, and Revenue Agents
Determine tax liability or collect taxes from individuals or business firms according to prescribed laws and regulations.
A minimum of two to four years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
- Examines and analyzes tax assets and liabilities to determine resolution of delinquent tax problems.
- Recommends criminal prosecutions and civil penalties.
- Serves as member of regional appeals board to reexamine unresolved issues in terms of relevant laws and regulations.
- Participates in informal appeals hearings on contested cases from other agents.
- Confers with taxpayer or representative to explain issues involved and applicability of pertinent tax laws and regulations.
- Directs service of legal documents, such as subpoenas, warrants, notices of assessment, and garnishments.
- Conducts independent field audits and investigations of federal income tax returns to verify or amend tax liabilities.
- Examines selected tax returns to determine nature and extent of audits to be performed.
- Selects appropriate remedy, such as partial-payment agreement, offer of compromise, or seizure and sale of property.
- Secures taxpayer's agreement to discharge tax assessment or submits contested determination to other administrative or judicial conferees for appeals hearings.
- Analyzes accounting books and records to determine appropriateness of accounting methods employed and compliance with statutory provisions.
- Investigates legal instruments, other documents, financial transactions, operation methods, and industry practices to assess inclusiveness of accounting records and tax returns.
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- Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
- Tax Preparers
General Work Activities
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Evaluating Information Against Standards
- Analyzing Data or Information
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems
Frequent Work Context
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Consequence of Error
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate