Tax Accounting Programs in Idaho

Educational Information:

Most people who work as tax auditors in Idaho have a bachelor degree or higher in finance or accounting. A typical four-year degree program consists of coursework in accounting theory and principles, tax accounting, budgeting and numerous other financial topics. If you want to pursue a career as a tax auditor, you should consider specializing in taxation while you are in college.

Licensing Information:

The Idaho State Board of Accountancy oversees all licensing requirements and formal exams for tax and accounting professionals. The Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation is required for anyone who prepares or examines tax returns. Idaho residents must have earned a bachelor degree prior to taking the exam. The state board also requires that you complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of business administration courses, 20 of which must be in topics related to accounting.

Employment Information:

When you are searching for a tax auditing job in Idaho, you may notice that employers also use the terms quality assurance auditor, government and oversight auditor, internal auditor or tax compliance specialist to describe the same type of work. Here is a few examples of common employers in Idaho for tax auditors:

  • Boise State University
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Eide Bailly LLP
  • Clearwater Analytics
  • J.R. Simplot Company
  • Nestle Nutrition

As of May 2020, accounting professionals earned an average salary of $72,190 in Idaho, while tax preparers here earned an average salary of $43,600. Between 2018 and 2028, the number of accountant and auditor jobs in the state is projected to increase by 12%, and the number of tax preparer jobs is projected to increase by 13%.

About 50 annual job openings for accountants and 10 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.

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.

Job growth projections for accountants and auditors and tax preparers sourced from the U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored O*Net database and based on state-specific information (2018-2028)