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Tax Auditor

Overview: Tax auditors examine the financial records of taxpayers to verify the accuracy of the income, assets and expenditures claimed by taxpayers in their federal income tax return. They use their knowledge of accounting and financial investment to decide if more tax is owed.
Duties: Tax auditors examine financial records of taxpayers to determine if additional taxes are due the government. They analyze income, liabilities and expenditures to verify the accuracy of their tax return.

They analyze financial transactions and business conducted by the taxpayer to decide which direction to investigate in depth. They prepare a written explanation of their findings.

They advise taxpayers if additional taxes must be paid and advise them of their rights to appeal. Tax auditors interview the taxpayer or their accountants to understand their rationale for a disputed issue.

They may conduct on-site audit of taxpayers records at their place of business or may request records through mail and perform analysis of legitimacy of accounting methods used by the taxpayer.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Accounting 
A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.A.S. Management: Real Estate-Insurance Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment of tax auditors is expected to grow much faster than average through 2018. Growth stems from a greater emphasis on accountability, transparency, and control in financial reporting and increased scrutiny of business and individuals by the IRS.
Salary Range (National Average): $43,000 to $47,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: Most government agencies require applicants for tax auditing positions to have at least a bachelor's degree in accounting. They prefer applicants who are knowledgeable about computer-based accounting systems.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Determining how much money is required to get a job done, allocating those monies, and then accounting for all expenditures.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
Recommended Values:
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
 

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.