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Tax Collector

Collectors deal with delinquent accounts. The process of collecting a delinquent account starts with the revenue agent or tax examiner sending a report to the taxpayer. If the taxpayer makes no effort to resolve the delinquent account, the case is assigned to a collector. When a collector takes a case, he or she first sends the taxpayer a notice. The collector then works with the taxpayer on how to settle the debt.

Hours: Typical 40 hour work week

Opportunities: 44 percent worked for the Federal Government, 37 percent for State governments, and the remainder for local governments.

Pay: M edian annual earnings for all tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents were $45,620. The middle 50 percent earned between $34,840 and $62,530.

Training: Many tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents have a bachelor's degree. But relevant experience, or a combination of postsecondary education and experience, is sufficient qualification for many jobs. Specialized experience is sufficient to qualify for many jobs in State and local government.

Citation: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition , Tax Examiners, Collectors, and Revenue Agents, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos260.htm (visited July 22, 2009 ).

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