Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents

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About the Job

Determine tax liability or collect taxes from individuals or business firms according to prescribed laws and regulations.

It is also Called

  • Verifier
  • U.S. Revenue Officer
  • Treasury Agent
  • Treasurer
  • Tax Technician
  • Tax Revenue Officer
  • Tax Processor
  • Tax Manager
  • Tax Investigator
  • Tax Examining Technician
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What They Do

  • Install systems of recording costs or other financial and budgetary data or provide advice on such systems, based on examination of current financial records.
  • Prepare briefs and assist in searching and seizing records to prepare charges and documentation for court cases.
  • Request that the state or federal revenue service prepare a return on a taxpayer's behalf in cases where taxes have not been filed.
  • Determine appropriate methods of debt settlement, such as offers of compromise, wage garnishment, or seizure and sale of property.
  • Secure a taxpayer's agreement to discharge a tax assessment or submit contested determinations to other administrative or judicial conferees for appeals hearings.
  • Direct service of legal documents, such as subpoenas, warrants, notices of assessment, and garnishments.
  • Examine and analyze tax assets and liabilities to determine resolution of delinquent tax problems.
  • Participate in informal appeals hearings on contested cases from other agents.
  • Review filed tax returns to determine whether claimed tax credits and deductions are allowed by law.
  • Examine accounting systems and records to determine whether accounting methods used were appropriate and in compliance with statutory provisions.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Support and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.


In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $51,070 with most people making between $18,980 and $83,790


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 3,910 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 3,780 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 160 replacement openings for approximately 160 total annual openings.

Industries that Employ this Occupation

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