In this career, your responsibilities may include:
- Ensuring that individuals and businesses pay the correct amount of taxes that they owe.
- May work for federal, state, or local governments.
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Typically requires a bachelor’s degree. Obtaining a master’s degree can make you eligible for careers with greater responsibility and higher salaries in this career pathway if you do not already have the U.S. equivalent of a master’s degree.
Certification is not required.
No licensure is required to work as a Tax Examiner or Collector, or Revenue Agent.
Mutual Recognition Agreement
A Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) is an agreement between two or more countries to accept the educational or professional credentials granted in each other’s countries. This means that if you graduated with a specific degree or earned certain professional qualifications in a country covered under an MRA, your credentials may be automatically recognized here in the US. Several professions in the US participate in MRAs, including accounting, architecture, and engineering. MRAs are not legally binding, and some states may choose not to recognize credentials covered under an MRA.
The NASBA/AICPA International Qualifications Appraisal Board (IQAB) currently has MRAs with eight international jurisdictions. Under these MRAs, accountants who are licensed in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Scotland, or South Africa may be eligible to take the International Qualification Examination (IQEX) as an alternative path to CPA licensure. The IQEX is a much shorter and simpler exam than the full CPA exam, and is based on Regulation (REG) section of the CPA exam.
If your credential may be covered under an MRA, always check with your state licensing board to be sure that they accept the agreement.