Taxes are a burden individuals share in the United States and the Internal Revenue Service is tasked with collecting these taxes. If taxes appear to have been paid inappropriately, audits are conducted by auditors who communicate with taxpayers to determine whether the information listed on the tax returns is correct. IRS auditors are government employees and are paid according to the government pay scale.
Entry-level IRS auditors are required to have a bachelor's degree with at least 30 credit hours experience in accounting. More advanced positions in the IRS auditing field require graduate-level courses in accounting or a master's degree in accounting. Other skills involved with an IRS auditing position include communication skills, computer knowledge and research time-management skills.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, in 2012 the median salary for an IRS auditor was $59,310. As government employees, IRS auditors have yearly reviews in which they are eligible for raises based on experience and performance. Salaries are also reviewed and adjusted for cost of living adjustments each year. IRS auditors make considerably more than other tax auditors who have a median salary of $50,440 .
IRS auditors receive other benefits as compensation besides a base salary. These benefits include family leave, vacation pay and sick leave. In addition, IRS auditors receive health and life insurance. IRS auditors also have the ability to participate in tax-deferred retirement savings and investment plans with employer matching contributions. As a government employee, IRS auditors receive all federal holidays as paid days off.
The BLS states that the job openings for IRS auditors should decrease by about 4 percent from 2012 to 2022. The BLS attributes this to declining federal budgets, predicting an overall decline of 11 percent in federal employment in that decade. However, because "it is generally recognized that tax examiners and collectors...improve government budgets by increasing revenue," the BLS believes the decline in tax auditor jobs will not be as steep as in federal jobs overall.
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