Tax Accounting Programs in Arizona

Educational Information:

Tax auditing is an important job that saves the government and corporations millions of dollars every year. Depending on the type of company a tax auditor is employed by, they may audit tax returns for fraud or ensure that the returns are in compliance with all state and federal laws.

Licensing Information:

People who regularly prepare and audit tax returns are required to hold a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in Arizona. There is a $100 fee required to take the exam. All applicants must have either a bachelor degree or 150 hours of coursework that include:

  • 36 semester hours of accounting, including at least 30 hours of upper-level coursework.
  • A total of 30 semester hours to include business administration, statistics, computer science, economics, finance, management, business law, college algebra, advanced written communications, speech and ethics.
  • One year of professional work experience to include at least 1,500 hours of accounting functions

Employment Information:

In a May 2012 report, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicated that tax auditors in Arizona earn an average of $62,070 per year. There were 16,750 people employed as tax auditors in Arizona in 2012. The BLS anticipates a nationwide growth rate of 16 percent for this occupation through 2020. This is considered an average rate of growth when compared to other occupations.

There a variety of employers in Arizona that hire tax accountants, including both the private and public sectors. Some of the top employers include:

  • State of Arizona
  • Alliance Residential Company
  • Safeway, Inc.
  • First Solar
  • Regier Carr & Monroe, LLP, CPAs