Short Description

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

 

Wages & Employment Trends

  1. Median wages (2006) $21.93 hourly, $45,620 annual
  2. Employment (2006) 81,000 employees
  3. Projected growth (2006-2016) Little or no change (-2% to 2%)
  4. Projected need (2006-2016) 22,000 additional employees

 

Relations

Revenue Agent, Tax Auditor, Revenue Officer, Delinquent Tax Collection Assistant, Revenue Collector, Tax Collector, Tax Examiner, Tax Compliance Officer, Tax Examining Technician, Income Tax Auditor .

 

Tasks

  1. Collect taxes from individuals or businesses according to prescribed laws and regulations.
  2. Maintain knowledge of tax code changes, and of accounting procedures and theory to properly evaluate financial information.
  3. Maintain records for each case, including contacts, telephone numbers, and actions taken.
  4. Confer with taxpayers or their representatives to discuss the issues, laws, and regulations involved in returns, and to resolve problems with returns.
  5. Contact taxpayers by mail or telephone to address discrepancies and to request supporting documentation.
  6. Send notices to taxpayers when accounts are delinquent.
  7. Notify taxpayers of any overpayment or underpayment, and either issue a refund or request further payment.
  8. Conduct independent field audits and investigations of income tax returns to verify information or to amend tax liabilities.
  9. Review filed tax returns to determine whether claimed tax credits and deductions are allowed by law.
  10. Review selected tax returns to determine the nature and extent of audits to be performed on them.

 

Knowledge

  1. Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  2. 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.
  3. English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  4. Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  5. Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  6. 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.

 

Skills

  1. 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.
  2. Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
  3. Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  4. Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  5. Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  6. Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  7. Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
  8. Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  9. Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
  10. Time Management — Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

 

Abilities

  1. Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  2. Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  3. Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  4. Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  5. Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  6. Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  7. Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  8. Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  9. Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  10. Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

 

Work Activities

  1. Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  2. Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  3. Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
  4. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  5. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  6. Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  7. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  8. Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  9. Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  10. Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

 

Work Context

  1. Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?
  2. Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?
  3. Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?
  4. Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?
  5. Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?
  6. Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?
  7. Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?
  8. Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?
  9. Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?
  10. Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — How do the decisions an employee makes impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company?

 

Job Zone

Medium Preparation Needed

  1. Overall Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
  2. Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.
  3. Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include funeral directors, electricians, forest and conservation technicians, legal secretaries, interviewers, and insurance sales agents.
  4. SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0).

 

Education

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate’s degree. Some may require a bachelor’s degree.

 

Interests

  1. Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  2. Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

 

Work Styles

  1. Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
  2. Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  3. Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  4. Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  5. Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  6. Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  7. Independence — Job requires developing one’s own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  8. Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  9. Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  10. Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others’ needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

 

Work Values

  1. Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  2. Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

 

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  2. Chief Executive
  3. Financial Examiner
  4. Financial Manager
  5. Purchasing Manager
  6. Accountant
  7. Auditor
  8. Personal Finance Advisors
  9. Bookkeeper
  10. Budget Analyst
  11. Financial Analyst
  12. Credit Analyst
  13. Supervisor
  14. Loan Officer
  15. Bill Account Controller
  16. Administrative Officer
  17. Purchasing
  18. Cost Estimator
  19. Tax Preparer
  20. Clerk – Junior Accountant
  21. Clerk – Statement
  22. Teller
  23. Cashier