Tax Accounting Programs in Alaska
Tax auditors in Alaska review individual and corporate tax returns to look for common errors as well as potential fraud. If such problems are found, tax auditors notify the taxpayer on what he or she needs to do to correct the situation. They help the government recover funds it is rightfully owed and ensure that their employers complete tax returns correctly.
Most Alaska employers require tax auditors to have a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) credential. The Uniform CPA Exam is given by the Alaska State Board of Public Accountancy and requires all applicants to meet one of the following conditions:
- Applicant has a bachelor degree which provided 24 semester hours in accounting courses and three semester hours each of economics, business law and computer science.
- Applicant has less than 18 semester hours to complete towards bachelor degree and has at least 15 semester hours of accounting courses already completed.
In addition, all applicants for the CPA exam must have one year of recent work experience.
According to an industry report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in May 2012, tax auditors in Alaska earn an annual median salary of $72,800. There are 2,630 state residents who earn a living as a tax auditor. Alaska is one of only 13 states where tax auditors report an average income of over $70,000 per year.
Some of the top employers for tax auditors in Alaska include the following:
- Aleut Management Service
- Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
- Chenega Corporation
- Workplace Alaska
- Sterling Medical
Tax auditors who work for government agencies in Alaska tend to earn higher average salaries than other industries.