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Tax Inspector

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At a Glance... header image

Assess and collect tax from both business and professional individuals.


The Work header image

Inspectors of Taxes may be assigned to a wide range of functional responsibilities including the determination of tax liabilities, assisting in the development of services to taxpayers, taxpayer and company audits, investigative work aimed at combating tax evasion, and staff management.  
 
In their initial assignments they will work with experienced officials and will receive technical training in relation to specific areas of taxation, as required, on an ongoing basis.  
 
They may be required, as part of multi functional teams, to undertake projects in relation to taxation policy, investigate tax avoidance schemes, review tax arrears and provide technical assistance to tax practitioners in the areas of Revenue practice and the interpretation of fiscal legislation covering all taxes.  
 
The inspector needs to become familiar with the type of business involved in the case. In a full, in-depth enquiry, Inspectors of Taxes visit premises and meet people face-to-face, to understand the company's business records and its economics, probing its accounts for potential problems.  
 
Inspectors of Taxes may also analyse a company's computer based records, checking that tax law is being correctly applied. They may be involved in e-commerce, investigating the tax affairs of 'virtual companies' that trade on the Internet.  
 
By examining all the records, the inspector may identify differences between the declared income and the lifestyle of the proprietor. There may be unusual features in the business accounts that do not tie in with what the inspector knows about that trade or the recent performance of the business. Inspectors argue their case in meetings with team members, and through correspondence with or visits to the taxpayer.  
 
Inspectors of Taxes seek explanations and challenge any irregularities in the accounts. As well as meeting the owner or director of a business, an inspector may meet their professional advisers, for example, an accountant or solicitor. Inspectors solve many cases by negotiating with the taxpayer, although some cases must go to a court, in which case the inspector may have to give evidence.  
 
Specialist officers may appoint experienced inspectors to investigate complex cases of fraud or tax avoidance. Inspectors of Taxes are experts on tax law, so they may give advice to lo

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Collect taxes from individuals or businesses according to prescribed laws and regulations.

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Maintain knowledge of tax code changes, and of accounting procedures and theory to properly evaluate financial information.

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Maintain records for each case, including contacts, telephone numbers, and actions taken.

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Contact taxpayers by mail or telephone to address discrepancies and to request supporting documentation.

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Send notices to taxpayers when accounts are delinquent.

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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.

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Answer questions from taxpayers and assist them in completing tax forms.

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Impose payment deadlines on delinquent taxpayers and monitor payments to ensure that deadlines are met.

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Notify taxpayers of any overpayment or underpayment, and either issue a refund or request further payment.

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Confer with taxpayers or their representatives to discuss the issues, laws, and regulations involved in returns, and to resolve problems with returns.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Economics and Accounting:  Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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Clerical:  Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Persuasion:   Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

In recruiting Inspectors of Taxes, the Public Appointments Service, look for graduates who show the potential to adapt to a rapidly developing and changing taxation and business environment and who are committed to participating enthusiastically in the drive to serve the community by fairly and efficiently collecting taxes and to operating an effective programme of enforcement action against the non-compliant.  
 
A high level of academic achievement is required (a first or second class honours degree or having qualified as Accountants or Solicitors/Barristers).  
 
Candidates are also required to demonstrate a wide range of skills and abilities in the course of the selection process including the following

    • a high level of analytical ability, both numerate and verbal
    • above average intelligence and sound judgement
    • excellent communications skills, both oral and written
    • ability to relate successfully to and work with people from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • a high level of initiative and self reliance


Because Inspectors of Taxes may interact on a regular basis with members of the business and professional community, graduates interested in becoming Inspectors of Taxes should be interested in general taxation policy and trends, and developments within business and the economy generally. A challenging and varied career will be offered to successful candidates.  
 
Inspectors often work in teams, especially on large and complex cases, so you need to be an effective team worker. If you become responsible for a particular case, you must be able to motivate, support and encourage the other people in your team.


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Organisation: Irish Tax Institute
  Address: South Block, Longboat Quay, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 663 1700
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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
  Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
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