job as a Revenue Inspector falls under the broader career category of Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents. The information on this page will generally apply to all careers in this category but may not specifically apply to this career title.
Determine tax liability or collect taxes from individuals or business firms according to prescribed laws and regulations.
Collect taxes from individuals or businesses according to prescribed laws and regulations.
Contact taxpayers by mail or telephone to address discrepancies and to request supporting documentation.
Maintain knowledge of tax code changes, and of accounting procedures and theory to properly evaluate financial information.
Check tax forms to verify that names and taxpayer identification numbers are correct, that computations have been performed correctly, or that amounts match those on supporting documentation.
Notify taxpayers of any overpayment or underpayment, and either issue a refund or request further payment.
Answer questions from taxpayers and assist them in completing tax forms.
Maintain records for each case, including contacts, telephone numbers, and actions taken.
Impose payment deadlines on delinquent taxpayers and monitor payments to ensure that deadlines are met.
Send notices to taxpayers when accounts are delinquent.
Confer with taxpayers or their representatives to discuss the issues, laws, and regulations involved in returns, and to resolve problems with returns.
Determine appropriate methods of debt settlement, such as offers of compromise, wage garnishment, or seizure and sale of property.
Process individual and corporate income tax returns, and sales and excise tax returns.
Examine accounting systems and records to determine whether accounting methods used were appropriate and in compliance with statutory provisions.
Secure a taxpayer's agreement to discharge a tax assessment or submit contested determinations to other administrative or judicial conferees for appeals hearings.
Review filed tax returns to determine whether claimed tax credits and deductions are allowed by law.
Review selected tax returns to determine the nature and extent of audits to be performed on them.
Examine and analyze tax assets and liabilities to determine resolution of delinquent tax problems.
Direct service of legal documents, such as subpoenas, warrants, notices of assessment, and garnishments.
Prepare briefs and assist in searching and seizing records to prepare charges and documentation for court cases.
Conduct independent field audits and investigations of income tax returns to verify information or to amend tax liabilities.
Recommend criminal prosecutions or civil penalties.
Enter tax return information into computers for processing.
Investigate claims of inability to pay taxes by researching court information for the status of liens, mortgages, or financial statements, or by locating assets through third parties.
Participate in informal appeals hearings on contested cases from other agents.
Request that the state or federal revenue service prepare a return on a taxpayer's behalf in cases where taxes have not been filed.
Install systems of recording costs or other financial and budgetary data or provide advice on such systems, based on examination of current financial records.