IRS revenue agents and collection agents are responsible for collecting tax returns, reviewing returns, and obtaining any monies that are overdue. Tax examiners have the responsibility of studying returns have been submitted to state and Federal governments, and they will determine whether an individual or business receives a refund.
Most tax examiners will deal with personal income tax returns and those of small businesses, checking the math for accuracy in order to make sure that the amounts are correct. A tax examiner will also make sure that any deductions that are due to the taxpayer are paid out, and they will contact the individual if there are any problems with their documentation.
Collection agents are responsible for collecting taxes for the Internal Revenue Service, conducting audits, and handling returns of businesses and individuals test. Revenue officers deal primarily with delinquent tax accounts, and the IRS can prepare collection returns if an individual does not file one. They also research financial statements and place a lien on an asset in order to settle a debt.
The working conditions of a examiner involve an office cubicle setting, with 40 hour workweeks except during tax season, when they may have to work overtime. Most workers will have a bachelor’s degree at least, and experience may be sufficient for state and local government jobs.
Other skills that a revenue agent should have include a clean background check and good communication skills in order to do with the public. Other qualifications that an agent should have include being well organized and being able to manage time effectively, in addition to the ability to work independently as they will spend time away from their home office frequently.
In 2006, tax collectors and revenue agents held over 80,000 jobs in the government, with almost 50% working for the Internal Revenue Service. Little job growth is expected in the field of revenue collection over the next 10 years.
In 2006, the professionals who were in the middle 50th percentile of those paid made between $34,800 and $62,500. Federal income tax collectors earned the most at $52,600. Most IRS employees will receive benefits such as family, health, life insurance, and sick leave, including tax deferred retirement plans.