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.
As of May 2020, accounting professionals earned an average salary of $80,520 in Alaska, while tax preparers here earned an average salary of $ 71,450. Between 2018 and 2028, the number of accountant and auditor jobs in the state is projected to increase by 6.2%, and the number of tax preparer jobs is projected to increase by 14%.
About 200 annual job openings for accountants and 30 annual job openings for tax preparers are expected during this ten-year period leading to 2028 due to a combination of new job growth, retirements, and natural job turnover.
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.
May 2020 Bureau of Labor Statistics salary and job market trends for accountants and auditors and tax preparers. Figures represent state data, not school specific information. Conditions in your area may vary. Data accessed April 2021.