A revenue agent is an accountant employed to examine and audit tax returns and records. He/She reviews tax returns, conducts audits, identifies taxes owed, and collects overdue tax payments. He/She contacts taxpayers to address problems and to request necessary documents. Also, he/she conducts field audits and investigations of income tax returns to verify information or update tax liabilities. Additionally, he/she reviews financial information and documents each case he/she deals with and notifies taxpayers of any overpayment or underpayment.
Revenue agents are employed by federal, regional, and local governments. To become a revenue agent, you need a bachelor's degree in accounting, economics, business administration, or a related field. Previous work experience in accounting, tax analysis, or a related role is desired. You must possess analytical, maths, and communication skills. Revenue Agents are paid about $54,590 a year, approximately $26.25 an hour. This varies from $20,000 to $119,000.