Tax Accounting Programs in North Dakota
Tax auditing is an accounting specialty that is primarily concerned with the accuracy of state and federal tax returns. Entry-level tax auditors need a bachelor or graduate degree in addition to passing the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. A successful tax auditor should be assertive, have excellent research skills and have a firm grasp on tax regulations at the state and federal levels.
The North Dakota State Board of Accountancy requires professional accountants working in all specialties to pass the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. North Dakota applicants must complete 150 semester hours from an accredited college or university before being eligible to sit for the exam. The degree must be in an accounting concentration with a minimum of 24 semester hours of accounting coursework and 24 semester hours of general business coursework. Applicants who have not yet completed their degree requirements may take the CPA exam if they expect to complete their undergraduate studies in the next six months.
In a state-by-state employment report released in May 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicated that tax auditors in North Dakota earn a medial annual salary of $54,620. There are 3,290 North Dakota residents who make their living as a tax auditor, a figure that represents 8.17 of every 1,000 working adults in the state.
iHire Accounting listed 13 openings for tax auditors in North Dakota in September 2013. The companies placing ads represented both public and private corporations. A sampling of the employers includes the following:
- North Dakota State University
- Highland & Co, LLC
- Coal Country Inn
- Information Providers, LLC
- Three Affiliated Tribes