Tax Examiners, Collectors, and Revenue Agents

Career Overview

Tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents ensure that federal, state, and local governments get their tax money from businesses and citizens. They review tax returns, conduct audits, identify taxes owed, and collect overdue tax payments.


A four-year bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field is generally required to obtain this position.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$31,000 /yr
$52,000 /yr
$97,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • Math - as much as possible!
  • Computer Science
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Accounting
Work Environment

Tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents work for federal, state, and local governments. Many work primarily in an office environment; others spend most of their time doing field audits in taxpayers’ homes or places of business.

Future Outlook

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location. Employment change will depend primarily on future changes to federal, state, and local government budgets.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada