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Spring 2001 Vol. 45, Number 1

Tax examiners, revenue agents, 
and collectors

These taxing professions enable local, State, and Federal governments to carry out the public business.

Taxes are one of the most certain aspects of life. And as long as governments collect taxes from their citizens, there will be jobs for tax examiners, revenue agents, and collectors. These workers ensure that governments obtain revenues from businesses and citizens by reviewing tax returns, conducting audits, identifying taxes payable, and collecting overdue tax dollars. 

Only governments can legally impose taxes. As a result, tax examiners, revenue agents, and collectors work almost exclusively for government agencies at the Federal, State, and local levels. But job titles for workers whose duties are similar may not be the same at each level of government or even within the same government agency.

There are distinct differences among the job duties for tax examiners, revenue agents, and collectors. In this article, you’ll learn about each of the occupations: the nature of the work, employment and job outlook, benefits and drawbacks, and qualifications, training, and advancement.

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Last Updated: June 27, 2001