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SENIOR TAX ASSOCIATE: Working With The Top Companies

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Richard discusses his career path leading up to his current position as a Senior Tax Associate. Richard also discusses the commitment required to be successful as a Tax Associate

Degree: Legal Studies
Job Title: Senior Tax Associate
Employer: KPMG

Job Summary: Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents

Job Description

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

Tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents are responsible for ensuring that individuals and businesses pay the taxes they owe. They ensure that tax returns are filed properly, and they follow up with taxpayers whose returns are questionable or who owe more than they have paid.

Different levels of government collect different types of taxes. The federal government deals primarily with personal and business income taxes. State governments collect income and sales taxes. Local governments collect sales and property taxes.

Because many states assess individual income taxes based on the taxpayer's reported federal adjusted gross income, tax examiners working for the federal government report to the states any adjustments or corrections they make. State tax examiners then determine whether the adjustments affect how much the taxpayer owes the state.

On-the-Job Training

Formal training can last for over a year.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$30,000 - $90,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 9 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Detail oriented, Mathematical skills

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m='38950'>I</span> <span m='38980'>knew</span> <span m='39250'>when</span> <span m='39400'>I</span> <span m='39440'>started</span> <span m='39700'>my</span> <span m='39810'>career--</span> <span m='40950'>well,</span> <span m='43380'>it's</span> <span m='43530'>really</span> <span m='43710'>hard</span> <span m='44050'>to</span> <span m='44760'>know</span> <span m='45060'>what</span> <span m='45240'>to</span> <span m='45320'>expect</span> <span m='45830'>going</span> <span m='46070'>into</span> <span m='46180'>your</span> <span m='46270'>first</span> <span m='46560'>job</span> <span m='46800'>in</span> <span m='46900'>college.</span> <span m='47250'>The best you</span> <span m='47610'>can</span> <span m='47730'>do</span> <span m='47910'>is</span> <span m='48130'>hopefully</span> <span m='48540'>find</span> <span m='48760'>an</span> <span m='48840'>internship</span> <span m='49410'>that</span> <span m='49910'>allows</span> <span m='50250'>you</span> <span m='50380'>to</span> <span 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